It’s Ok To Take Time Out Once In A While

It’s Ok To Take Time Out Once In A While

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As a society we’re called on to respect that lawyer and the doctor, the engineer and the film executive yet not one of these professions comes even close to resembling the on duty hours a parent puts in. 24/7, 7 days a week, 12 months a year. This pace of care and attention might continue until your little nugget has turned eighteen, it could be longer. Certainly with Sydney’s housing market and many metropolitan cities besides, Australia has become a place where to be a parent is to be in it for the long haul. So it makes absolute, irrefutable sense to say, no, demand that us parents should be a pinch selfish every so often.

We should challenge the standard that we ourselves seem to place on us. That to be a parent is to always be switched on, to always be there, to do as much as we possibly can and more. Of course this ethos comes from a great place of wanting to care and cherish but it is so vitally important that parents put some hours for self care.

Yes, we may be parents but we are still humans. Individuals with minds, desires and hobbies.

Here are some suggestions for pursuits that can be inserted into your week to ensure that your physical, mental and social health is topped up nicely.

  1. Find a pastime that has absolutely nothing to do with being a parent or children – this could be fencing, swing dancing or pottery. Take your pick of activities that would interest and fulfil you.
  2. Book yourself in for a massage, an hour and a half massage and chill, the heck, out.
  3. Lock, or if you don’t have a lock, put a lock on your bedroom door so that you and your partner can have some special, private alone time without any little feet walking in
  4. Hire a babysitter for a couple hours on a Saturday or Sunday so you can go to the beach with your partner or by yourself, to your favourite café or  and just indulge in time alone.
  5. Make your favourite food and if the sproutlings don’t want to eat it, sandwiches for them.
  6. Yes, order that pizza in when it’s been a particularly long day
  7. Buy the fancy ice cream for yourself and the generic vanilla ice cream for the kidlets
  8. Sometimes just sometimes, forget the PTA meeting and go to the movies instead, just you, yourself and a choc top.

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