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The Importance of Mommy “Me Time”

When I was growing up, the only thing I consistently knew I wanted to be as an adult was a mom.

When my dreams came true and I found out that I was going to have a baby I was over the moon! My biggest dream had come true.

My childhood was wonderful and when I remember what it was like growing up,my mom was always home. There were rare cases when my parents would go somewhere together and we would have a babysitter, but the majority of the time my mom was home with us.

I always knew I wanted to be a stay at home mom. I wanted to be there for my kids and raise them, be involved, etc.

I just wish that this video was around 13 years ago.

You see, I was under the impression that once my kids came into the picture, all of the parts of me that were not under the wife and mom umbrella were out. I would feel guilty if I wanted to spend time with my friends or do something for myself. Then I would feel guilty for saying no when I was asked to do something.

A few years ago I was on a plane. When the flight attendant got to the part of the safety demonstration where they said you need to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others something clicked inside of me. I can’t take care of my kids or anyone else I love if I don’t take care of myself first.

I’ve actually heard another illustration recently that makes the same point: You can’t pour from an empty cup. You have to care for yourself first or you will have nothing to give to others.

In this video Jada Pickett Smith explains this point beautifully:

Remember moms (and dads!) take the time to take care of yourself and your dreams so that you can help your family fulfill theirs too!

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