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Journey to Joy
Letís see. You did the laundry,
dropped the boys off at Karate and the girls at dance class, stopped
at the grocery store for a few last minute dinner items...Whatís
missing? As you were taking care of everyone else all day long, did
you remember to take care of yourself?
I know it can be hard to carve out
space for you, since being a mom is a full time job, but taking care
of yourself helps you have the strength and energy to keep taking
care of everyone else, from your children to the snake your son left
in the pocket of his dirty jeans. It's all part of what I teach my
Journey to Joy
students. It IS possible to find the time to get what you need done.
If trying to squeeze out a few more hours a day just for you seems
impossible, why not try one of these ideas:
1. Donít be afraid to start small. Itís better for you to take five
minutes to read the funny pages or your favorite inspirational poem
than it is to not take any time at all for you.
2. Get up twenty or thirty minutes earlier than usual and spend some
time doing something you enjoy, such as reading the paper while you
sip your coffee or meditating. By the time the children wake up, you
will be ready to start your busy day.
3. Talk to the other moms at your childrenís classes and find out if
any of them live nearby. See if several of them are interested in
forming a carpool, so you donít have to make every trip to drop off
and pick up the kids.
4. Find another mom who has children that get along well with your
kids. Alternate babysitting services with her, so that you each have
a few hours of free time every week to go to the gym or get your
hair done. Donít be tempted to do chores instead. You need this time
for you and you wonít feel very rested and refreshed if you pick up
the dry cleaning, do the grocery shopping, and run the car through
the car wash instead of relaxing.
5. Delegate evening chores like setting the table, washing the
dishes, and packing the next dayís lunch. If everyone does ten or
fifteen minutes of work, you will have enough free time to soak in
the tub or read a chapter of the newest best seller.
6. If you cook all of your familyís evening meals and always pack
lunch for your children, donít be afraid to give yourself a break
once a week. Pizza every night may be unhealthy, but an occasional
slice isnít too unhealthy for the kids. Eating the occasional school
lunch can actually be a fun treat for children, even if it doesnít
taste that great.
Finally, make sure your family realizes the importance of letting
you find some time for yourself. Speak with your children about
respecting your quiet time, whenever and however you manage to fit
it into your day.
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