I don’t know about you, but there are definitely days when I long for a girls’ weekend away, or I’d even be happy with a night alone watching Netflix! The demands of life just get totally overwhelming sometimes. It’s not that I don’t love my kids…I do! But I need a break away from them. Have you ever felt that way, too? Please say I’m not alone!
In today’s busy culture, the demands of work, immediate family, and extended family are very real! If you are involved in community activities outside of your work, then you may have extra demands, like boy scout or girl scout leader, or maybe with your place of worship, or in your community. Every organization needs people like you, who are giving of your spirit and time, and are committed to the mission of the organization.
Once you arrive back at home, your family needs you. The backpacks and schools need you, and there are phone calls to make, and emails to send. There are also piles of laundry piling up, dishes in the sink, dinners to plan, shopping to complete, and a lawn to care for. Someone is bound to need a diaper change.
When? When do you get to take time away for yourself? What about your marriage?
When a tree is planted, the water must reach the roots in order for strength in the trunk and branches, and to ensure growth. Similarly, if we take care of ourselves as caregivers, and our relationships with our significant others, then we can offer love and strength to the products of our relationship- our children, our workplace, and the commitments that we have made to our community.
So, how can we do this? We are the caregiver, we are the roots of the family…we need to be watered and cared for. How does this happen with young children, family, and demands? So, here are some ideas I’ve come up with:
Now, let’s see if I can try at least one of these techniques this week! You try, too, and comment how it goes for you. Maybe you have another way of getting time alone. Share with us!