Mothers Need PTO Too

Mums get frazzled too juggling so many tasks at home, taking care of the children and husband, budgeting the finances, and doing their corporate jobs. Sometimes, mothers forget to tend to their own needs and have personal time off with their domestic duties at home. There are cases when mothers feel discouraged to pursue their own interests, hobbies, and even dreams because they always put the needs of their families first. Call this cultural or even blame our patriarchal society, but mothers often end up doing the sacrifices in order to raise the children.

One thing we need to understand is that mothers get burned out too even though they are not in a regular 9-6 jobs. Like everyone else, they need breathing space and time for themselves. This can help them rejuvenate not only their tired bodies but also their weary disposition in life. Moreover, having a personal space can help mothers have a life of their own, outside the sphere of home and family. This, then can result to a life-home balance.

Having a personal time and space does not really involve something expensive like traveling to far-flung places. It can as simple as dinner with friends, spending time alone reading books or writing or doing something you love. Any distressing activity is vital in order to have this balance between your personal needs and your family’s.

Some of my friends are joining ballroom dance or doing yoga at studios like Jivamukti Yoga London, while others are learning new languages or skills at the University of Edinburgh and similar educational institutions. In my case, I like going to a particular bar that has bingo night for the ladies. I also go through social gaming sites such as binguez, which offers a convenient and fun way for mothers like me to relax and de-stress.


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  1. May 16, 2013 / 9:26 pm

    Definitely agree. We all need a bit of child free, time and space. I find social media is a great release for me, and a place to communicate. Hanging out on Twitter is therapeutic for me. I also go running, which helps to clear my head! 🙂

  2. Emma
    May 15, 2013 / 5:55 pm

    Hear, Hear, And so say all of us… bit isn’t it easier said than done sometimes! x

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