They ABSOLUTELY need a break. When I was a SAHM, I used to bike for an hour after my husband got home otherwise I was likely to hurt someone, either myself or the kids.
I've been a SAHM since before my oldest was born. ABSOLUTELY do I think that mothers that are home all day with their kids deserve 'time off'. Parenting is a 24/7 exhausting role and you just can't DO that effectively day in, day out without some down time.
When mine were toddlers I would take time out during 'nap-time' to do something just for myself. It might be read a few pages of a book, or enjoy a cup of tea while it was still hot or watch something on TV other than The Wiggles and Bob The Builder.
Once my girls were at school it was easier to find the down-time but I still made sure I took an hour or so out of each day just for me. After all, DH spends all day working to make the money for us to live on, and once he comes home he gets to put it all aside and do what makes him happy (in his case, painting metal miniature soldiers for wargaming). Why shouldn't *I* take a break from my duties (in running a home for the benefit for all of us) and have time to do what makes ME happy? I'm not neglecting anyone or anything by taking a time out, just refreshing my mind and body so that I CAN go on and run the household smoothly the rest of the time.
Quoting ashleighmama:I think stay at home moms or any mom that doesnt work for whatever reason ESPECIALLY need a break from the kids. No matter how great your relationship is with your kids, being with them all day can get overwhelming and is exhausting. Some people would say that moms that work kinda get a break BEING at work. Everyone needs some "me time" to preserve their sanity.
you shouldnt feel bad. we all need a break from our kids and the daily things that we do. it makes us a better mother in the long run.
Yes, just becauase I stay home means I sit around relaxing. This morning I drove dh to work, gave LO a bath did 2 loads of laundry and have way more cleaning to do. Not to mention all the obvious things kids need to have to be taken care of. I do all the grocery shopping, cooking bill paying and stuff like that. I really don't get many breaks but when I do I am relieved.
I do get free time when LO naps during the day.
Absolutely! SAHM work 2 full time jobs - it IS work. Period.
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