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Mommy Time and Family Vacation Time Essential to a Healthy Family

By Darlene Oakley HERWriter
 
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With food and gas prices on the rise, and pay scales frozen and crazy family scheduling taking over our lives, it has become perhaps even more impossible to take some mommy time and/or family vacation time. But it’s during these times that vacation, staycation or any other leisure activity is the most important thing for your sanity and for the health of your family.

Moms are on call 24/7/365 (or 366 in leap years). There is no break. No time when a mom isn’t thinking about her kids and lunches and what to do with them on the weekend and which one needs to get his shots, or teeth cleaned or ...

This is even more so with single moms (and single dads) because in couples, ideally, the family/housework and related responsibilities are often shared. When you’re single ... you’re it. There is no relief — and, yet, there needs to be.

Mom time is important

Moms need mom time. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, work-at-home mom, work-outside-the-home mom, single or married — you need time for you.

Your body is tired. Your mind is tired. And your family needs you, and needs you to be at your best, which you can’t be if you’re not rested.

A long-term study done by the Organizational Psychology Program at Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology found that “the most effective executives ... take mini breaks throughout the day to give their brains a rest ... [T]he human brain and mind become tired and less efficient while focusing for an extended period of time. To be more efficient, workers should take time to stare out the window, take a walk, or even make a phone call to a friend.” (1)

You need time, whether it’s a regular stop at the local coffee shop, or going for a Sunday drive, or corresponding with online sister-friends ... you need down time. And I’m not talking about rushing into the coffee shop and rushing out with a cup of java on your way somewhere else.

I mean, sitting down, reading a book, or newspaper, chatting with other moms, working on a fun, leisure time project — something that doesn’t involve parenting or related responsibility.

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