5 reasons you should take a break from parenting

Being a parent is a never ending job, you’re a mum 24/7 - you have to look after the kids, cook the meals, clean the clothes, clean the house, and everything else that makes you ‘mum’. It’s not an easy job. That’s why, every so often, you should take a break from parenting.

Recently the Hubby and I had a chance to get a break and we jumped at it. We took the kids to stay with their grandparents for 2 whole nights and I tell you what - it was awesome!

After the weekend away I was happy and relaxed, the break did me the world of good and I was ready to take on parenting again. I could cope with the boys’ bickering, I didn’t mind that I had to get back to the housework, and the thought of ironing didn’t fill me with dread (okay it did, but that’ll never change!). All this made me realise we should all get a break from parenting sometimes, so here are 5 reasons you should take a break from parenting.


5 Reasons You Should Take A Break From Parenting | Morgan Prince sits on a brown leather sofa with a hot coffee in one hand and her kindle in the other.
Sitting down and enjoying a hot coffee while you read your favourite book - now there's a reason to take a break from parenting!



1. Get a lie in


Waking up when you’re ready to wake rather than being jumped on or screeched at means you get to start your day with a smile on your face. You open your eyes and know there’s no need to jump out of bed to sort out breakfast for everyone, you can lay there and enjoy the peace and quiet - maybe even read a chapter of your book! 

The days I get to sit in bed in a morning feel really strange but it is so lovely not having to get up and immediately start work. To be able to sit there, maybe even with a coffee, and read my book or scroll through Facebook is such a relaxing way to start my morning.





It's very refreshing to go away and take a break, to clear your head, and just get into something else.

Francois Nars





2. The day is yours


There’s absolutely no reason to get out of bed if you don’t want to. You could lie there all day if you wanted to and no one would nag you about food or drinks. But, if you decide to get out of bed the day is yours to do whatever you choose. This is an epic reason to take a break from parenting - you don’t have to go downstairs and start playing with the toys, you don’t have to take the kids to school or drop them at their weekly sports session. The day is YOURS. 

The strange thing about having a day to yourself is deciding what to do with it. Often the Hubby and I struggle to think of something to do because our lives are so consumed with our kids that we forget what life is like without them around. Planning ahead, if you can, is a great way of getting the most out of your break from parenting.There's absolutely no reason to get out of bed if you don't want to. You can lay there all day if you choose and no one is going to nag you about food, drinks, or toys. 



3. A break brings you closer as a couple


Parenting is an all consuming job, your whole life revolves around your children so when you take a break from that and get to focus on your husband you become closer as a couple. You can laugh together at adult jokes, you can drink alcohol and mess around, you can watch your favourite movie, all safe in the knowledge you won’t be interrupted by bickering siblings.


5 Reasons You Should Take A Break From Parenting | A couple holds hands, it's great to show affection when you're having a break from parenting.
The Hubby and I always wander around holding hands - having that connection brings us closer.


When the Hubby and I get a day to ourselves it is so good. Getting that break from the kids and being able to concentrate on each other does wonders for our relationship. We walk through town holding hands and laughing, we go for walks and smile the entire time. And that feeling doesn’t go away after we’ve picked up the boys, it stays with us and we’re a lot happier overall.



4. You can concentrate on yourself 


Taking a break from parenting means you can spend a little time for yourself. You can go to that yoga class you’ve been meaning to check out, you can sit and have a hot coffee without interruption, or you could even watch trashy daytime tv. Guilt free time for yourself is so important and when the kids are with grandparents it’s the perfect opportunity to take care of yourself. 





Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.

Omar Khayyam





5. Taking a break from parenting makes you happier 


We all need a break, no matter what it is we’re doing - when we work all the time we take a holiday to ease stress. The kids have holidays from school. And as a parent taking a break from parenting is just the same. As holidays abroad leave you feel happy and relaxed so does your break from the kids. You’ll be happy, relaxed, and ready to take on a whole new day of sibling bickering! 


5 Reasons You Should Take A Break From Parenting | I share 5 reasons why you should take a break from parenting regularly.



A happy mum equals a happy family and when you get to take a break from parenting you end up happier. So what are you waiting for? Go organise those babysitters! 



How will you be spending your break from parenting?




If you enjoyed this post you might like 10 signs you’re finally a grown up or if you’re after ways to spend your time while you’re having a break from parenting check out How to spend time together as a couple

Do stop by Facebook and let me know how you’re enjoying your break from parenting - you’ll get a virtual high five from me! 

Letting go of the guilt and being able to spend time on yourself is so important when you’re a mum. Like I said happy mum = happy family, I help stay-at-home mums let go of the guilt and concentrate on self care - you in?

26 comments

  1. Ahh! How lovely! I sometimes dream about time away from the kids. I sound awful but in 8 years my fella and I have had ONE night away from them. lol I wish we had someone who would babysit :D

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    1. Oh gosh, it doesn't sound awful at all Kim. Every parent should be able to get time off at some point. Perhaps when your eldest is a little older you'll get some time together alone?

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    2. Wow, one night?! I must admit, we are lucky having a grandmother who is slightly obsessed with her grandson!! Try and get some "me" time where you can ey xx

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  2. I couldn't agree with this more. Its so easy to get trapped being "parents" all the time that its way too easy to lose being "partners"

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    1. Thanks Jeremy, making time for each other is SO important. :)

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  5. So important. I love just nipping to the supermarket alone. it is a real treat these days! x

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    1. Haha! I totally remember that! I think going to the supermarket alone after you've been with children is always going to be a treat! :)

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  6. I hear you Hun. Great points well made. Hubby and I went off for a walk on the beach the other afternoon. We don't get much opportunity to be alone but our Thursday afternoons are important we regularly do something. It does bring you closer! I'd love that lie in!!! TY for linking up with #FamilyFun 🌸

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    1. Ah that sounds lovely - I wish we lived closer to a beach!

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  7. I think we all do need a reminder to take a break from time to time. Parenting is such a beautiful thing, buyout you have to be in up for it and taking a break is a must. Love this! Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Thanks Gladys, it really is important to get that break occasionally. :)

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  8. Love it - we have aligned thoughts this week Morgan!
    As you know I'm all for a break here and there. It does me good to miss the little misses ;-)
    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub

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  9. Yep. Of course. I truly agree with this idea. Though, I am not a mom yet. But in future, I should listen to your advice. Thank you for writing this post

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    1. Thanks Laurie, definitely need to make time for yourself. ;)

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  10. My husband has been working CRAZY hours. Well this Saturday afternoon is ALL MINE!!! Once soccer games are over I get the afternoon and evening to myself! I think I will take myself to a movie or a mani-pedi! #pocolo
    Tracy
    www.viewfromthebeachchair.com

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    1. Yay for time on your own. Sounds like a great way to spend some me time. :)

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  11. Really love this post Morgan - nothing wrong with people needing some self care time.

    #pocolo

    https://lizziedrippingblog.blogspot.com/

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  12. Sounds like you had a fab time - and I bet the boys had a fab time at their grandparents too #PoCoLo

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  13. I am so struggling at the moment and in desperate need of some solitude but then I feel so guilty for thinking that way and this post helped me feel less so thank you. I need a break from the OH as much as the children and pets right now. Glad you had a wonderful time #PoCoLo

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    1. I hope you get some guilt free time on your own Kate. I believe it is so important to get that time on your own. We all need down time and feeling guilty for wanting that is silly. Everyone else gets time alone and you should too. xxx

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