Whether you’re a stay at home parent, work at home parent, or you work outside of the home, summer is a very busy time of year. I know that I am feeling like I’m pulled in a hundred directions at once these days, with kids home during my work hours, swim practices and meets several days a week, and various other responsibilities and outings on the schedule. It feels like I haven’t had a moment to breathe since the last day of school!
It can be tough to carve out the time needed for some self care to relax and recharge on a typical week during the school year, but add in the extras involved with summer vacation and it seems nearly impossible. However, we all know just how important it is to take care of ourselves and find time to enjoy the things and people we love. Here are some of my best tips for carving out a little “me” time in a busy summer day.
Take advantage of nap time and bed time – It can be tempting to use the quiet of naptime and bedtime to take care of the unfinished chores around the house, but it’s okay to “clock out” sometimes and take that time for you and just relax! The chores will still be there tomorrow!
Swap childcare – You know how much you need a break and your parent friends are all in the same boat! Talk to a trusted friend and trade off childcare so that you can each have an evening to yourself while being confident the kids are well cared for.
Alternate mom’s and dad’s night out – Parenting is all about give and take. Trade nights out with your spouse or significant other and make sure that you both get the time to yourselves that you need!
Look for parent’s night out programs – Check with local churches, daycares, community centers, and even local attractions like bounce houses and gyms for parent’s night out programs. These are usually fairly inexpensive and can give you a few hours to enjoy dinner and a movie or another activity while the kids are happily entertained.
Think outside the box – If you simply can’t find anyone to watch the kids while you take a break, think of other ways to entertain them while you have a soak in the tub, some quiet time with a book, or just kick back and play around on Pinterest. Rent a new movie, set them up to have a little video game marathon, or find another activity to keep them engaged while you’re nearby for supervision, but otherwise occupied with things you enjoy.