Tonight I’m going out with a girl-friend.
Tonight I need time off from being a Mommy.
J is home from work early this afternoon. I just announced to Be-Bop when he came whining to me about something, “Mommy is off-duty!” Be-Bop sulked but took his complaint to J. Does this make me a bad mommy?
I argue not. I certainly have never heard other moms announce to their children that they are off-duty, but I think we all need our time away from our children. I think it is very healthy to take time away from the kids to remember that, before anything else, I am a person.
Now, some may say that the time I take away from my children gets carried to extremes, but I don’t think so. When we lived in Iowa, our wonderful country doctor told me to take an evening away from the baby once a week. I haven’t always done that exactly, but more recently I come pretty close.
That’s all for now.