With some extra vacation days from work that I did not get the chance to take last year, I decided that today was going to be a "me" day.
Yes, a guilt-free, do what I need and want to do day. A day that is not fully planned but in some cases a "let's wing it" day.
Normally, I would want to spend all of my days off with Sarah especially now that the weather is warmer and playground time is more frequent. But, I have been realizing more and more that for me to be a good, well-rested and some-what adjusted parent it is necessary to have to days off not just from work but also from the work of parenting a child, as it can be physically and mentally exhausting.
To all my parent readers and those who have friends or family with children, know that it's okay to have some mental downtime too, and that we are not any less a parent because we sometimes need a break.
I was part of a previous Parenting magazine poll (November 2009) asking for my opinion about the importance of parents having date night. As much as we want to be with our children often, whether we are working or being stay-at-home parents, we need to recharge as well and have some time off. As hard as this can be sometimes, I recommend you hire a babysitter or invite the grandparents over for a play date so that you can have much-needed time to be an adult and play. This is also true for you to take time for yourself.
I suggest taking time for you as necessary, and know that it's okay to feel the need for a break from parenting as we all need a re-charge every so often.