The importance of alone time….
With many moms and dads working full time jobs these days it is often difficult to find time to spend with the family, never mind making time for oneself. For busy parents, those with difficult babies or children, and especially single parents finding some time to take a break is an absolute must. While it may be difficult to think about spending more time away from your child ultimately it will make for better parenting.
Taking a break from being an employee, parent or spouse is beneficial for all in many ways; it helps to reduce one’s stress levels, rejuvenates and provides opportunity for much needed down time. Many parents believe that this means taking a night out away from the children, this is not true. What constitutes alone time varies among individuals. For some parents it is being able to do groceries or run errands without having to bring the children along, whereas for others it is an evening out to the movies and dinner. Whatever the preference actually taking the time is what’s most important.
In order to facilitate making time to get away may require the hiring of handymen to take care of the simple chores that might otherwise take up any of your free time. Having someone come and mow the lawn, clean out the gutters or repair the leaky sink may cost a little money, but it allows both moms and dads the time to spend with their children therefore, (hopefully) reducing the guilt that naturally occurs when parents think about taking time away from their kids. Being a parent is a full time job and a trying one at times. Taking time to catch your breath every once in a while will help to make the difficult times more bearable.
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