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 reason to take a break from parenting - 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 reason to take a break from parening - 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 reason to take a break from parenting - it 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 reason to take a break from parenting -  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 reason to take a break from parenting - it 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?

Why not give yourself a 10 minute break by grabbing this Captured! colouring page for you kids and go make yourself a coffee.

Mother of Teenagers