Kim: Taking a Mom Time-Out

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My favorite thing in the world is being a wife and mother, but I must say, it's a pretty demanding occupation! My 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week job requires me to stretch my skills in so many areas. I get to be a cook, a housekeeper, an educator, a nurse, a cab driver, a bookkeeper, a therapist... I could go on and on. Having a child with type 1 diabetes brings a whole new element of skills and abilities to the job description! Being a mother is not only physically demanding, but emotionally exhausting as well. I'm not worried about making a print deadline or drafting the next quarterly sales report, but I worry about my shareholders -- my little human beings that depend on me! Like any job, it's so important to take a break now and then to renew, refresh and keep from getting completely burned out.

When I think about taking a break from my daily duties of motherhood, my mind usually wanders. I daydream of sitting with my honey on a beach in Tahiti or taking a trip with my sisters-in-law to a villa at the southern tip of France. Although I have had several opportunities over my last almost 10 years of motherhood to escape from the kids and go on some well-deserved trips, it's not always practical to get away as often as I'd like. Major vacations are too few and far between to really be enough of a break. The everyday things I do for myself are what get me through the busy days, months and years of being a mom.

These are some of the things I try to do to refill my mommy tank:

  1. Girl time. It's so therapeutic for me to spend time talking to other important women in my life. I love talking on the phone, going to lunch, or even sneaking out for dinner and a movie with the girls. We laugh together, talk together and share ideas about the things we go through every day.
  2. Couple time. My husband and I make it a point to spend some quality time with each other on a regular basis. We love our regular Friday date night tradition when we can take a break from the kids, do something fun, and spend some rejuvenating couple time together.
  3. Personal time. This is the one that's probably the most important but also the hardest for me to do. It's not that I don't love to treat myself to a pedicure or curl up with a good book -- don't we all? It just seems like there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done and still take some time out. When I make time for myself, however, my day seems to go better. I have more patience with my kids and more energy to tackle the rest of the day. So even if it occasionally means helping my 3-year-old know what button to press on the remote so he can watch the next episode of "Phineas and Ferb," I've got to make sure I take some time for myself!

 

About the author: My name is Kim. My daughter Kaitlyn (the third of our five children) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a few years after my nephew James was diagnosed with the same disease. I'm excited to pair up with my sister-in-law, Jen, to share our story with you!

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.

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