One struggle with parenthood is “me” time. How much me time is realistic for a parent? Most of us subscribe to the lifestyle that we have: we know what the deal is with children. But still it is not easy when your me time is wedged between tasks in say 5 or 10 minute slots during the day or only available at night after all the clearing and cleaning is done for the day and preparations for the next day are complete.

I see the latter as “breaking even” at the end of the day. Now, the decision is whether to tackle tasks that need to be done or relax into me time.

Me time flies. Sometimes I feel guilt that I should be doing this, this or this instead of watching television or reading or going to bed early or whatever else me time constitutes.

It is a pendulum night after night. Sometimes the guilts get me and I keep on with tasks justifying it as me time, and sometimes I actually feel like doing these tasks and finish with a sense of accomplishment, other times it is all about me.

Posted anonymously, 25th April 2015

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  • I try to always sit or do something for me for 30 mins after the kids are in bed


  • Grab every minute you can, and also schedule time


  • i always figure the housework will still be there tomorrow.


  • I think everyone needs a selfish half hour sometimes.


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