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Me Time

'Me Time,' Anyone?

Janice Windt | Posted 11.20.2014 | Parents
Janice Windt

Today, me time is the three minutes I get on the loo to check Facebook before one of my sons bursts through the door to see what I am up to. It's my drive to work.

Why I'm Leaving My Kids This Thanksgiving

Carrie Visintainer | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Carrie Visintainer

Just as families are beginning to lay down their plans for a delicious dinner, searching for recipes, making grocery lists and hauling fall-themed decorations out of the closet, I'm doing the opposite: I'm boarding an airplane and leaving the country. Alone.

You Think You Know, But You Have No Idea

Jill Patir | Posted 11.13.2014 | Parents
Jill Patir

I don't know how to go about my day without her. I don't know how to think about what I want to do, not what I need to do for her.

What I Realized When I Asked for Help

Kate Baer | Posted 11.13.2014 | Parents
Kate Baer

Why is it so hard to ask for help? The words get stuck in my throat like a dinner roll I've inhaled without a glass of water, and I'm left dry and weary. The speeches I've rehearsed during angry cleaning are such a waste. I could have been listening to a podcast.

10 Ways To Feel More Like A Woman And Less Like A Mom

Emily Ballard | Posted 10.30.2014 | Parents
Emily Ballard

I needed pretense. I needed to feel like I was a real person even though I was really a milk machine. And for me, the way I dress has always been an outward extension of who I am, even as my style has changed.

Break From Baby

Shari Medini | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Shari Medini

As soon as you have a baby, people start telling you that you need a break from it. They tell you to put the baby in the crib and shower, leave the ba...

Welcoming Motherhood

Anita Mirchandani | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Anita Mirchandani

I can't take a long shower with my tunes on full blast. I would love to meet friends for dinner, but I have a new baby at home. The phenomenon of "me" time exists, but in a different way. In this process, I have learned a few things that I thought I'd share.

The 3 Rules Of My House

Sara Goldstein | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

I will take my coffee peacefully. No, I'm not making some for you. You want to help me make it? Fine. Take notes on my ratios. That could actually be useful information for Sunday. How old do you have to be to drink coffee? I don't care how old you are, you just have to have a job.

Preemptive Parenting Is a Game Changer

Amy Tara Koch | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Amy Tara Koch

Preparation yields time. And time is an invaluable currency. Once I organized the major Mom things -- meals, school, scheduling after school activities -- I emerged cleansed, much like that glorious feeling of showering after an exceptionally sweaty workout.

I Didn't Brush My Teeth Today, Either

Lynn Morrison | Posted 12.08.2014 | Women
Lynn Morrison

I didn't brush my hair today. I didn't brush my teeth today either. I got dressed in slightly dirty clothing that was conveniently hanging on my bedroom door. I put on makeup, but only because I had to go to work and I didn't want my boss to run an intervention for me.

7 Journal Writing Prompts for Beginners

Naomi Arnold | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Naomi Arnold

I encourage you to go out and buy yourself a beautiful notebook or journal and get started using the above prompts as a guide. You'll find that over time you will organically discover a journal practice that suits you and will no longer need to use headings like those suggested as a guide.

What Is So Hard About Self-Care?

Frida Berrigan | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

It's just eight minutes; I definitely waste eight minutes three or four times over in the course of even a hard day with two little kids. Why am I not prioritizing the thing I most need?

What Every Mother Needs To Teach Her Daughter About Being a Mom

Mia Redrick | Posted 12.01.2014 | Parents
Mia Redrick

My commitment to "me time" dates for the last 16 years has taught me to trust the choices I've made in my life and to be clear about what is most important. Spending that time was about doing something to enrich my life vs. just maintaining it.

Mother Hover

Daphne Wayans | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Daphne Wayans

By "filling your cup" with all the things that satisfy you in life, you will then be better able and more willing to give to those you want to give to. Especially your children.

My 'Moment' at The Met and Why You Might Need One, Too

Carrie Visintainer | Posted 11.23.2014 | Parents
Carrie Visintainer

The guilt intensified as we walked through the armory containing life-sized horses and knights, swords and guns. I could picture my son's eyes as big as dinner plates as he perused the displays.

I Wanted To Run Away Today

Kathy Radigan | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Today was one of those days where I questioned every choice I ever made in my 48 years on this planet. I thought back to a time in my life when my house was quiet, and all I had to think about was myself.

10 Things My Children Inevitably Interrupt

Darcy R. Shapiro | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Darcy R. Shapiro

My children are psychic. And by psychic, I mean that they have the uncanny ability to sense when something is going on that doesn't involve them, and a specific knack for interruption that is driven entirely by a fear of missing out (FOMO, for the uninitiated).

7 Unexpected Perks of Back-to-School for Parents

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 11.04.2014 | Parents
Jamie Davis Smith

I cried a lot the first day at drop-off and don't think I'll ever stop missing having my kids with me during those hours. But, I have to admit, after just a week, I have noticed some unexpected perks.

Out of the Suburbs and into the Woods: A Haiku Diary

Peyton Price | Posted 10.08.2014 | Parents
Peyton Price

Truth: Family vacations are a whirlwind of frantically keeping your people entertained and happy when what you want is to be bored. Just for 10 minutes. One minute. One second.

What Happened When I Went to the Grocery Store... Alone

Tricia Mirchandani | Posted 09.21.2014 | Parents
Tricia Mirchandani

I did not name 'apples' and 'bananas' and 'carrots' as I wound through the produce department. I did not stop at the lobster tank to point and ogle those creepy creatures trying to claw their way to the water's edge.

My Week as a Temporary Bachelorette

Amy Arndt | Posted 09.21.2014 | Comedy
Amy Arndt

Relaxed and worry-free, I took up temporary residency in Nordstrom Rack. I was in absolutely no hurry whatsoever. Instead of rushing around in search of a specific pair of black pants for a work trip, I casually flipped through the evening dresses as if I planned on wearing fuchsia sequins on Thursday.

The Relationship Problem You're Probably Overlooking

Laura Riley, Ph.D. | Posted 09.07.2014 | Women
Laura Riley, Ph.D.

When couples love each other, they think they'll move in together and agree on basic living arrangements. Unfortunately, it's easier to love someone than to live with them.

Why I Travel Without My Kids

Kiri Westby | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Kiri Westby

Why isn't it OK to jump off and explore the world without my family? Why did I feel like I was abandoning my post? My partner leaves once or twice a year, for a week or two, and no one even remarks on it. It's culturally acceptable for him to leave.

Redefining Motherhood: Taking Care of the Me in Mommy

Mia Redrick | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Mia Redrick

If a woman tells others about a stressful day she's had at her workplace she will likely be given empathy and provided with solutions to solve her issues. The same doesn't seem to hold true in motherhood.

I'll Take What I Can Get -- Me Time

Lori Ferraro | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Lori Ferraro

It's a sad fact that I now consider a trip to the dentist as "me" time. I pray I don't get the chatty hygienist and that I can just close my eyes and have 30 minutes of quiet.