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Making Sure to Have 'Me Time'

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Today's Glen Burnie parents are busy.

Whether you're a working parent, single parent or stay-at-home parent, there never seems to be enough hours in a day to do everything you need to get done. But, as our column notes, parents often need time to themselves—some "me time."

What do you do to make sure you get some time to yourself? Do you have any weekly or monthly rituals? Is there somewhere special you go to relax?

Debbie O'Brien March 23, 2011 at 05:20 PM
"Me time" is critical to your survival and overall well being as a woman. My "Me time" is going to the gym. I get up at 5 am every morning, even on weekends, just to go to the gym. I have done this for many years and I can say without a doubt that when you exercise on a regular basis, it flows over into every area of your life, physically, psychologically and emotionally. During my "Me time" I can escape into a world of my own that is just for me, and start my day in a great way. I don't have young children anymore, my daughter is grown with children of her own, so I don't have to worry about kids, but I do work in child care 9.5 hours a day with 2-5 yr olds and I need my "Me time" desperately to be able to be the best I can be for the children I care for. I also know that there are many gyms that have child care rooms if you need to take the kids with you. There is also a great place you can take the kids for drop off classes and open play at Just 4 Kids Fun & Fitness in Glen Burnie, (check their website for days and times first), then you can use that time for your own "Me time". I know I cherish mine, I will never compromise my "Me time" for anyone or anything, it's essential to my well being. Sometimes you have to put yourself first and what better way than to take care of yourself first so you can take care of others.
Robyn Buckler March 23, 2011 at 08:29 PM
I wish I was more structured in setting aside "me time," I completely agree that it is necessary to maintain a parent's sanity, but I still find sometimes a month or more has gone by since I've set aside time to do something just for myself. I guess my more consistent version of "me time" comes by shutting my bedroom door to my kids or sending them to a different floor of the house for a while so I can just have some peace. I think even just a few minutes a day can help make a difference in your mood, and it IS true that when mom is happy the house runs smoother and everyone is happier.
Chrissy O'Brien March 24, 2011 at 02:06 AM
'Me time" is something that I never used to have. As I'm getting older & have less energy, I am finding it is important to me. My children are 14, 8 & 5, so basically I have been raising young children for 14 years. At this point I am exhausted & excited that the youngest is getting to the point of becoming more independent. Just recently, I have reconnected with friends & made it a point to get together with them on a regular basis. I think it's important to connect with other women for your own sanity. It's comforting for me to know that I'm not the only one going through something & to get advice from someone else. Usually my quiet time is late at night when everyone is asleep, which I end up paying for in the morning! I used to feel guilty leaving my children, but I know that sometimes just going to the store for an hour is just what I need. Take any small amount of time you can & use it to recharge yourself, everyone will benefit!
Hope March 24, 2011 at 03:42 AM
I hardly ever take "me" time these days. Unless you count running to the store for something and coming home within 30 min or so. Our days lately have been so busy and there just doesn't seem to be enough hours to get it all done. I DO realize the importance of it. For both my other half and I but we just have not made it a priority like we should. We do however make sure we have date nights and every so often we even go for an overnight or two away. I know its not the same thing but it definitely helps.

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