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When you become a parent you quickly discover just how necessary “me time” really is to your sanity.  You’ll read about in books, on parenting websites, hear it from friends but until you are in the midst of caring for your little one you won’t truly “get it”.  Setting aside some time each day to focus on just you will help you keep your cool, stay sane and give your best you to your kids.

As time gets the better of you and you are so busy taking care of your family, cleaning the house, running errands, keeping everything  and everyone on the right track it can be easy to forget about YOU.  When life seems to be operating in fast forward who has time to slow down and take a little time out for themselves?  However, that hour or two hours or whatever you need can make a huge difference.  I admit that I haven’t been the greatest at taking time for just me since my daughter was born, but I try.  I changed my routine up a bit and stopped using naptime for chores and instead began to use it for my me time.  Even the couple of hours I get in the middle of the day while she is napping makes a huge difference.  Instead of cleaning or doing other chores I try to do something I like during that time.  I’ll write, or read a book, or take a quick nap, or even just sit down and watch a little television.  By doing something for me I don’t feel robbed of “me time” at the end of the day.  I don’t feel like I’m ignoring my own needs and wants.  You would be amazed how much difference an hour of time on something you love, something your doing just for you can make.

So, no matter what your thing is; be it getting a massage, taking a hot bath, reading a good book, playing your favorite sport, going to the gym, shopping without kids in tow, or just sitting quietly alone, be sure to set aside sometime for your “me time”.  If you can do it every day, if you can’t try to make sure you don’t go more than a few days without some “me time”.  When we are too run-ragged, too frustrated, too tired parenting is that much harder.  When we are happy, mentally and physically rested, in the groove everything becomes that much easier.

What do you do for “me time”?  How do you make sure you fit it into your routine?

I wanted to take a moment today to wish all the wonderful fathers out there a very Happy Father’s Day.  I hope you have a wonderful day hanging out with your families.  Remember how important you are each and every day and how loved you are by your children.

Happy Father’s Day!!