Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

Mummy Sabbatical: I'm leaving the Kids

by Parent's Wisdom (follow)
Tracey Groombridge
Family (108)      Relaxation (51)      Me Time (38)      Parenting (24)      Time Out (21)      Self Avenue Mothers Appreciation Series (12)      Motherhood (11)      Retreat (3)     


Tracey in New York


Part 1: You’re doing what?

Here’s the thing...I don’t think I'm a selfish person or a terrible parent (well at least not most days), but every time I bring up that I take a week or so each year away from my family as a “mummy sabbatical” to recharge my batteries. Family and friends look at me with combination of surprise and disgust. They splutter things like “you’re doing what?" Anyone would have thought I had told them I was running off to have an affair with Prince Harry (sorry my fantasy).

For approximately 355 days of the year like most women with families, I give most of my time, energy and resources to the people who matter most - my family. Sure every now and then I might treat myself with a girls night out, a movie, or a tacky magazine - but most of the time I'm thinking about how I can support and improve the lives of my family, even when I'm at my paid day job.

Once a year I take 5-10 days leave from my family to attend to my needs. I can do anything I choose from visiting a friend to attending a silent retreat (not that I have tried the second option yet). I can eat out, not eat at all, watch movies, read, sing, laugh, dance, cry, cook and swim...in fact I can do anything that supports me as a woman to get back in touch with who I am, what I want in life, and reflect on how I'm actually going.

A “mummy sabbatical” allows me to do four things:

1. Re-charge
2. Learn something new
3. Reflect on the past and improve on the future.
4. Unplug from daily routine - even unplug from the online world.

After all we wouldn’t conduct our paid working life without reviewing how we are going or taking annual leave to rest up; then why should we treat being a mum any different? After all it’s the most important job there is. If we don’t take a break in life we burn out and we shatter, which makes us ineffective parents, as well as unhappy and unsatisfied human beings.

I know what you’re about to say, but this sabbatical stuff is only for middle class women who are working right and who have choices?

Actually it’s for all women, especially women who do not get a break from 24/7 on call parenting. I truly believe we were not supposed to do this parenting gig solo. We were supposed to do it with the village supporting us.

#Parenting
#Motherhood
#Family
#Time Out
#Me Time
#Relaxation
#Retreat
#Self Avenue Mothers Appreciation Series
I like this Article - 3
More Articles by Parent's Wisdom
If as parent’s we believe our kids are not smart enough; not skinny enough; not popular enough; ...
112 views
Why do we feel the need to go bigger, faster, stronger expensive and more, more and more? To ...
97 views
Part 2: Mummy Sabbatical
91 views
To help us all understand that word consumerism, let’s have a brief look at what consumerism rea...
173 views
“There is enough on earth for everybody’s needs, but not for everybody’s greed”- Ghandi
141 views
This post is dedicated to Heather
510 views
view all articles by Parent's Wisdom
ID: 10037
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
In this day and age, many people hire professional escorts because they what to try something ne...
11971 views
You’ve probably heard the saying, “a house is not a home
95 views
American author Mark Twain famously wrote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-...
80 views
Whether you want to save the planet or save money, striving to create more eco-friendly habits...
74 views
I’ve witnessed addiction within my family for my entire life
74 views
You’ll likely spend about one-third of your life at work, and for most people, this is their m...
73 views
You don’t have to be rich to make money, you just have to be practical
3769 views
I lived the city life and I’m sick of it
631 views
Many people find they are happier if they %%decide%% they want to feel that way
210 views
Many of us fear to speak our mind because we care about what others might think of us or say abo...
6105 views
Categories
 
Copyright 2012-2018 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version