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  • LindaClement

    LindaClement Mar. 27, 6:12 PM

    Very sensible.

    For moms who don't have helpful dads in the picture, it's important to build a rich social network --of other women with children, of friends without children, of helpful and supportive relatives, and even mother's helpers/house cleaners... 

    Quoting abra:

    I think it can be especially helpful to have a husband/father who is involved and caring enough to recognize when mom needs some time to herself so he can advocate and provide that time for her. That way she isn't tempted to be selfish with her time, but she also doesn't end up burning out or feeling guilty. There have been times when my husband has told me to go out with my friends and he'll watch the kids (and sometime my friends kids, too, or alternately, all the husbands will get together and babysit) so we moms can have an evening of kid-free fun when it would be beneficial for everyone. 

    Quoting LindaClement:

    I think it's hilarious that a working mom says 'I need to get out of the house' ... unless she works out of her house, that's just irrational. 

    I think it's the adult's raging sense of entitlement, not any genuine 'need' to be away from the people they love to do the things they enjoy. 

    I'm reading Peter Walsh's 'Enough Already' currently, and he makes this observation about entitlement today: 

    "Think back a generation ago. We don't carpool, we think each family member is entitled to a car. Did our grandparents have two cars? Did they pay for cable and multiple cell phones and Internet and movie rentals? Did they have computers and digital cameras and printers? Did your grandmother get manicures, massages and highlights in her hair?"

  • mrswillie

    mrswillie Mar. 27, 6:19 PM

    Everyone needs me time.

  • sanj1213

    sanj1213 Mar. 27, 8:06 PM

    Ofcourse:) it's needed in my opinion. 

  • sanj1213

    sanj1213 Mar. 27, 8:07 PM

    I agree 100%!!

    Quoting mrswillie:

    Everyone needs me time.

  • sanj1213

    sanj1213 Mar. 27, 8:08 PM


    Quoting fraujones:

    Yes. Many would be less resentful if they took a little personal time now and then.

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