It's hard to intentionally take some time away from your kids, especially if you already feel like you're missing out on so much time with them because of work and other obligations. In fact, entertaining that self-imposed pressure to be present 24/7 -- or at least every waking moment that you're not at work -- can result in never getting a break, ever!
But is that healthy? Does it assist you in bringing all the creativity and tenderness you want to bring to your parenting? And how about your kids? Are you showing them a realistic model of what it means to raise a family and still live a balanced life? Or are you perpetuating a "super mom" or "super dad" mentality, while exhaustion, frustration, and resentment simmer beneath the surface?
Here's an idea: Force yourself to take a break occasionally. Instead of focusing on the time you might miss or allowing yourself to feel guilty about leaving your kids with a babysitter, friend, or relative for a few hours, focus on what you -- and they -- might get out of some time apart.
For example, are you more patient after getting a short break? More fun? Better equipped to deal with stress effectively? Think about it, and share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
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