Readers Take A Turn: "I know it's time for a mommy break when..."

Last week, I shared that I really need a Mommy break. It can’t be anymore true this week as I have been thrown for a loop with the news that another pregnancy of mine is now over too soon. I was already feeling run down, so this was sort of just the last straw (as they say).  I am being kinder to myself this week — letting some things slide onto the next day that I may not normally do, starting the day a bit slower and generally trying to take even small amounts of ‘me’ time when I can get it.

One of the lovely things about having an amazing community around me (by which, I mean all of you) is that I rarely, if ever, feel alone when I express the stresses of parenting. Never fail, at least one of you will chime in and let me know you can emphasize with me, you feel a similar way or you simply offer an e-hug. Oh, what ever did we do before social media?

Babble decided to ask all of you to chime in with how you know it’s time for you to take a break from parenting — get in some ‘me’ time and make you a priority again.  There were so many who wrote back with similar cues as I have mentioned and there were many more cues that may prove it’s time for a Mommy break.

Click through to read how some members of the Babble community finished the sentence: “I know it’s time for a mommy break when __.”

  • “I feel indigestion…” – Angelina
  • “I can’t have a normal conversation with another adult!” – Marisa
  • “What’s this mommy break? Sounds like a myth.” – Lisseth
  • “I find myself watching cartoons when my daughter is asleep :-/” – Cat
  • “I’m no longer talking… I’m yelling or grumbling throughout the day.” – Kathryn
  • “When i get so mad at my son that i can’t even get any words out to get on to him” – Kayla
  • “When I start talking to myself and I actually make sense.” – Leigh
  • “When I’m kicked off my own bed” – Priscilla
  • “When I literally start pulling on my own hair in frustration.” – Abby
  • “You actually say out loud “If I had a cook & a housekeeper I could pick you up right now…but I don’t! I’m sorry!!!”” – Julie
  • “When I can’t seem to hold on to, place down, or move anything without dropping. This usually happens while both the kids are pitching fits, some screaming included.” – Lauren
  • “I’m completely touched out and I ignore her and avoid my husband” – Cynthia
  • “When I give the whole household the silent treatment…..including the DOG” – Cantrece
  • “I find the cereal in the fridge and milk in the cabinet.” – Julia

I find myself relating to many of these cues as well. I have realized just how easy it is to put ourselves at the bottom of the to-do list and if your list is anything like mine, I don’t even come close to finishing it. That leaves basically nothing to give myself — and I know that has to change for me — and for you all too.

:: Your turn now, how do you know it’s been too long since you’ve had a break? ::

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