Turning nap time into ME time

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How f’ing tired are you? If you’re a stay at home mom (don’t even get me started on being a single mom), the struggle is REAL!

Sure, there are the people who have full time nannies and buy into this new phenom out there that moms need to be putting themselves first ALL THE TIME, but I think that’s bullshit. Especially when your children are little, they need you, and if you are privileged enough to be able to be there with them, actually be there as often as you can.

Having said that, the truth is, you are never going to be your best mommy self if you are exhausted and deprived. You’re going to lack patience, enthusiasm and all around kinda suck and that’s not good for your child either.

As Greyson is about to be two years old, I’m still learning to balance it all. Here are some things I’m doing during naptime to take a little time for myself without sacrificing my style of parenting of being ever present at this young stage in my little guy’s life.

1. A sleep for you and a sleep for me:
People say, “nap when they nap” and it sounds so played out, but it’s true! Many moms (like myself) have never been early risers. When you have a baby (and especially if you are a single mom), that little person dictates when you wake up. One of the only things getting me through waking up at the crack of f’ing dawn, is knowing that Grey’s nap is inevitable, which means that my nap is too. Time to recharge, time check out.

2. Tune out:
This is your time watch your bad (really good) television and just veg.

3. Nurture your creativity or work on a business:
Research, create, learn, build, do whatever it is that makes your heart and soul feel creative and fulfilled. If you are starting a business, take this quiet time to investigate and get it going. Your kids aren’t going to be needing you as much forever, why not lay the foundation to create something that fulfills you OTHER than your child?

There is no perfect mother or RIGHT way of parenting. We are ALL just doing the best we can with what we have. This is just a small tweak, I made, to be a little kinder to myself.

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