Taking The Week Off – Mommy Memos
My kids are at a day camp this week. Monday through Thursday, from 10 to 4:30. I have never done anything like this before. I LOVE IT!
I have never had help during the day, and have always had at least one kid at home. Babysitters are impossible to find during the day, and I just don't do much during the week by myself. Who am I kidding, I never have time to myself.
I had a great plan for this week. While the kids were at camp, I was going to clean, do laundry, yardwork, and finish projects, so I would have the rest of the summer free.
Monday, I worked, worked out, watched a chick flick and took a nap. Tuesday, I worked, golfed with friends, ate a long, leisurely lunch with margaritas, and sat by the pool. Today, I am working out, and then ???. I know for sure what I am not doing...cleaning, laundry and projects. I got all my yardwork done last night.
I am taking the week off. Why do we (Moms) feel so guilty about doing something for ourselves? In nine years, I haven't had a "week off." You know how much I love my kids, and I miss them like crazy while they are in camp, but they LOVE it, and the break is good for all of us.
I know after camp is over, I still won't find daycare for them. I know stay at home moms who have nannies. I am not judging, but it's not for me. Plus, I have alot of other things I would rather spend my money on. I am so very lucky that my job lets me also be a stay at home Mom, which is the hardest and most rewarding job I have ever had.
Still, a day off every once in a while isn't a bad thing. So next time Grandma or Grandpa, or Aunt, Uncle or friend says, let me take your kids for the day, get rid of the guilt and DO IT! Don't catch up on all the things that need to be done, because that list is never finished. Read a book, take a nap, watch a movie that no one else wants to watch, go to lunch, drink some wine...make a list like that. If you need someone to join you, you know where to find me!