Finding 'Me' Time

Tips to Get Some Quality ‘Me’ Time

Finding ‘me’ time as a parent is more important than many mums realise. After all, how are you meant to be a switched on parent 24/7. It’s the same way they tell you on the plane to put on your oxygen mask first. You can’t help your children unless you make sure you are looked after too. That’s the way it works in our everyday lives too.

Let’s stop and think about it for a second. Before you welcomed your first child, had you ever had a job that was 24/7, where you could never guarantee a break, may not get to sleep, where every cup of tea is likely to go cold and no adult conversation for hours on end? Imagining writing a job description for it...I don’t think any amount of money in the world would entice people for a role like that. But we love our children and we would do anything for them, and that’s what gets us from one day to the next. If we aren’t careful though, we will burn out, and where will that leave our family? By factoring in ‘me’ time, you give yourself a chance to stop, revive, survive and do it all over again.

Many of you may be laughing at this notion of ‘me’ time and thinking I am insane to think it is possible in the busyiness of our lives. But it is. I am not talking about days on end in a luxury suite while the children have been shipped off to a willing grandma. I am referring to finding moments in each day to take some time for yourself and to get yourself ready to deal with the chaos of the rest of the day.

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Here are some great tips for finding that ‘me’ time in your life:

Never underestimate the importance of ‘me’ time – I wouldn’t have made it this far in the parenting gig without it. If you have supportive friends and family nearby, put your hand up when you need help, you will be surprised by how many will come running. It doesn’t make you a bad person or a bad parent. It makes you human and in the long run, it will help you to be the best parent you can be.

Felicity Frankish


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Felicity Frankish

Felicity Frankish is married and a mum-of-one to a little girl, living in the suburbs of Sydney. Having worked with children all her life and also having a great a love for writing, Felicity combined her two passions when she was on maternity leave and set up her own parenting blog: The Baby Vine. She survives day to day on coffee, loves keeping busy, and enjoys getting out an about on her...

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