Some people say that being a parent is a full-time job, but this just isn’t true. At a full-time job, you at least are guaranteed a break every so often! There is no such guarantee as a parent, though– and that’s what makes it the toughest job a person can have. Although you may feel guilty about taking some time for yourself, it’s not just rewarding– it’s necessary for the health and happiness of your entire family!
Your Kids Deserve the Best Version of You
It’s not just you that suffers when you’re run down and irritated– everyone in your house does, especially your children. When you need a break you get stressed and can make short-fuse parenting decisions that you may regret, like yelling at your kids for minor transgressions. It’s safe to say that nobody wants to be the parent that is known for yelling at their kids. The bottom line is this: you can not be the best possible parent to your kids unless you present the best possible version of yourself to them.
Why People Need Breaks
Enter “the break,” a oft-ignored thing in American culture. Did you know that 55% of Americans do not take all of their annual vacation time, and leave over 650 million vacation days unused every year? No matter the reason, Americans simply don’t take the breaks they’re entitled to. But you don’t have to leave the country to take some time for yourself. Whether it’s a weekend at a spa while a spouse or relative watches the kids, or even a simple cup of coffee and some reading before you wake up the kids for school in the morning, a little time to yourself goes a long way and will dramatically improve the relationship you have with your children.
You Should Always Have Time For Yourself
It’s easy to look at your schedule and immediately assume that you don’t have the time to take a break, especially if you’re balancing parenting with a fast-paced career. Like I mentioned before, Americans are terrible at taking time off. This means that a lot of your ideas about you “not having the time for a break” are probably cultural, and if you work at it, you can break this cycle of thinking with dedication and a little courage. The bottom line is, you should never feel ashamed of needing to take a break. So take one!
My name is Jessica Cox, and I take pride in my ability to motivate people to strive to be the best version of themselves that they can be. If you’re interested in allowing me to help the attendees at your convention, meeting, or faith-based gathering live the best possible life that they can, please call me at 520-505-1359 or contact me on my website.