Moms are generally responsible persons. We manage to feed and clothe the family, get them where they need to be and see that they get some sleep. It’s a job with few breaks but we stay on the job over the long haul.
That’s why it’s important to schedule some down time in our responsibilities. One of the ways to do that is to declare one dinner meal a week as “every man for himself.”
Of course your season of life will dictate what shape that will take. When you have little ones you’ll still need to provide their meal and cut up food. But as your family grows up you can designate a supper meal each week as your “day off.”
For our family we have two breaks: Friday nights are almost always pizza (frozen or take-out) and Sunday nights are, well, Sunday nights. I say that because when someone asks, “What’s for supper tonight?” they are answered with, “It’s Sunday night.”
I can’t remember the last time I cooked dinner on a Sunday night. Occasionally we have a church event that requires food preparation, but for Sunday nights at home, I don’t cook. It’s legal and I don’t feel guilty. It’s our tradition, no questions asked.
Everyone eats what they can find: leftovers (especially from Sunday lunch), mac-n-cheese, cereal, pancakes, whatever.
It’s not a big deal but it’s a nice break for Mom, both mentally and physically, before the next busy week begins.
This same principle could be applied in other areas: a day off from laundry no matter what, a day once a month to stay in bed all morning, a day out for an afternoon of shopping. Your times off can be good for the family, too, as they do things for themselves.
Little breaks can keep you refreshed, filling your tank so you have plenty to give back over the long haul.
How do you take little breaks? Please leave a comment below!