Guest Contributor Hillary says she has what may be a “dirty little secret”. It involves “me time”, and guilt. See if her words resonate with you. Let her know what you think about something all parents may face, one time or another.
I have a confession to make. I just picked my kids up from a week at their grandparents. I know I should be happy to see them, and I am… but I’m also mourning those seven days of freedom I just experienced. As an overwhelmed and overcommitted Domestic Square Peg, I enjoyed a little time out for myself. But that short break for me comes with a price.
I’d like to say I wouldn’t trade any second of it, but that would be a lie.
This last week was a revelation to me. Sure, my kids have spent time with friends and grandparents, but rarely have I had enough “me time” to really settle into it and enjoy. I found I was much calmer: I laughed a lot, I danced around to music, I slept better than I have in years, I didn’t dread going to work every morning… and I didn’t miss my kids. In fact, we didn’t even speak on the phone.
My week alone was the mental break I needed. For once, I wasn’t “on call” 24/7. I didn’t do anything wild and crazy—in fact, the first night alone, I stayed home and cleaned my toilet (the world can’t handle my craziness.) This isn’t a case of someone missing their misspent youth. I just needed a break.
Maybe I’m more of a DSP than I think.
What I do know is that I love my children more than anything. But I also love me and spending time with myself. So what do you say, DSPs? Is there something wrong with my wiring? Or is this a dirty little secret other parents share?
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