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Tips for Moms: Finding “Me Time” in the Summer

As moms, women are expected to care for our children, keep the household running smoothly, and plan delicious meals and wholesome activities. These days many moms work part-time and full-time jobs in addition to the fulltime job as mom. With all of these responsibilities, it is so important for moms to make time for themselves. Moms need a few minutes each day to refresh and recharge their batteries.

Tips for Moms: Finding “Me Time”

Over the years I have learned just how important “me time” is. That it isn’t about taking a break from my kids, but about taking care of myself so I can be the best mom I can be. With both kids in school all day now, it is easier to carve out some alone time for reading, exercise, going to lunch with a friend, running errands alone, or even just taking a lazy day.

Finding the opportunity for “me time” is harder in the summer with kids home from school for weeks on end. Days are busy with summer activities, family travel, and spending time with friends. Me time won’t happen if you don’t have a plan to make it happen. Realize the importance of this time to recharge and make it a priority.

My kids have 20 minutes of reading each day as part of our daily routine.  Though I often read with Madeline since she isn’t a self-sufficient reader yet, this is the perfect opportunity for a few minutes of downtime. Logan reads all by himself in his room. I usually ask Madeline to read 5 or 10 minutes alone, even if she is just looking at books, and then I’ll come read with her. Even 10-15 minutes for to sit down and take a break is enough.

Tips for Moms: Finding “Me Time”

I also make a point to have some downtime before I go to bed rather than busying myself all evening after the kids go to bed and then hitting the pillow myself. I spent anywhere from 20 minutes to a couple of hours reading or I’ll zone out in front of one of my favorite programs.

Sometimes it is easy to catch a few minutes of “me time” during the day’s activities. One of our favorite activities last summer was going to the neighborhood pool with friends. I played with my kids in the pool a lot, but I also made sure to spend some time just sitting poolside relaxing and chatting with friends while I watched the kids swim and play with their friends.

Most moms will tell you that the opportunity to connect with another adult during the day is priceless.  Our time at the pool last summer allowed these interactions and helped me to build new friendships after moving to a new place. Best of all, it was free!

12 Easy “Me Time” Ideas for Moms

Tips for Moms: Finding “Me Time”

Implement a mandatory quiet time in the afternoon – for moms and kids – as part of your daily routine during the summer. Those few minutes to spend some time alone recharging your batteries. Here are a few ideas:

1. Read a book or a magazine. Try some of of Janssen’s Summer Reading for Adults and 5 Books for the Beach recommendations.

2. Take a power nap.

3. Call a friend or family member and catch up.

4. Sit in your favorite chair or outside if the weather is nice while enjoying your favorite music.

5. Write in your journal.

6. Exercise or stretch –  you don’t need a gym to do this.

7. Take 20 minutes to get engrossed in Pinterest. Just make sure you log out after that 20 minutes is up.

8. Give yourself a home facial, manicure, or pedicure.

9. Sit down and use the opportunity to do nothing

10.Spend some time outside planting a pot of flowers.

11. Tackle a simple project you’ve been wanting to do for yourself – hanging up those picture frames you bought last week, arranging some flowers in a vase for the kitchen or your bedroom, etc.

12. Treat yourself to a little ice cream to cool off. Here is a fun idea: cut Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom Ice Cream Sandwiches into bite-sized pieces. Make kebabs with the ice cream sandwich pieces and fresh fruit.


What is your favorite thing to do for “me time?” How do you make time for that during summer?


Tips for Moms: Finding “Me Time”

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Monday 8th of July 2013

Here's another ice cold treat: Make 2 or 3 cups of nice strong coffee (about what I have left in the coffeepot most weekends). Pour into a glass baking dish and add up to 1/2 cup sugar and stir to dissolve. Add 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and an optional quick splash of Kahlua (about 1 tsp) if you want too. Give it a quick stir and pop into freeze for one hour. Using a dinner fork, rack through the mixture and return to freezer. Repeat ever 30 minute for four or five times than you can forget about it. Spoon out some of the icy goodness and top with a splash of milk, half-and-half or cream (but I like it as is), pull up a chair, prop up you feet, and enjoy. FYI: Bottle fruit drinks works well, just don't add sugar.


Tuesday 2nd of July 2013

This is a timely post! I needed a good reminder to take some me-time. With six kids (and it will be 7 kids next week), I'm lucky to put on matching clothes or eat more than a slice of a toast in a day lately. I keep thinking things will get easier . . . but I'm still waiting. Thanks for the good reminder. P.S. I love that first picture of you and the kids - so sweet!