Being away from my kids makes me a better mama.
I love my children. I think they are the coolest, most hilarious, and fun tiny humans. We have fun baking and pretending we’re asleep or just hanging out on the couch watching Star Wars and getting popcorn everywhere.
But I am around them all of the time. I’m a stay at home mama and now that school is over, its just me and them most days. And the days when it’s raining and I’m trying to get all of the things done that need to be done, they drive me crazy.
I have a short fuse. I yell at them. I ask them to leave me alone. I put Power Rangers on Netflix so I can take a shower or eat my lunch or not have to deal with the constant arguing over the one baby doll they both want when they have 11 baby dolls to choose from. I cry when they throw the organic strawberries all over the kitchen floor. I cry when Eli tells me I hurt his feelings because I yelled at him. I feel like such a jerk when I yell at them.
Sometimes it’s hard to be needed all the time. To be called for constantly
I just want to be alone. I want to eat a meal without a two year old on my lap. I want to look at Facebook without someone whining that they need my phone to watch a video. I need time where I’m not wiping noses and breaking up fights and I need to get away from them sometimes. I need to have some quiet to blog or a morning at Target with my Starbucks to aimlessly wander and admire all of the cute new home decor that I don’t need. I need to get dinner with my girlfriends and remember that I’m so much more than just a mother. I need to actually go out on a date with my husband and not talk about how cute they were today playing with princess dolls or how there was a nap strike and I hid in the bathroom for 10 minutes.
I’m a better mom when I get away from them. I’m a better mom when I have a chance to miss them. I’m a better mom when I get some time to take care of myself.
Even if I miss them so much after a night away from them that I cuddle in their beds and secretly wish they would wake up so I can tell them how much I love them.
What do you do when you need a break from mom-ing? Do you go on a Target run? Or grab coffee with your girlfriends? Let me know in the comments!