Mamahhh’s Self-Care Month – Take the Night Off

My prize for a week of long evenings spent cleaning the house, days overflowing like a new mama’s diaper bag, and too many rides on an emotional tilt-a-whirl? A night of solo parenting!

So I took the night off, y’all. I took care of my children, of course. But when my friend suggested our families have dinner out, I said YES and bribed the kids to enjoy yet another night of Mexican food. I topped it off with ice cream dessert from the drive-thru so I didn’t have to make good on my promise of a cookie from their favorite grocery. (That would have required getting in and out of carseats yet again. Exhausting at the end of this week!) When we did finally get home, I didn’t even suggest baths. In fact, we skipped anything remotely related to bathing, headed straight for the toothbrushes, and into the jammies. I read exactly one book, and I picked it out. I sang half a song, and after it was interrupted for the third time, I just stopped singing. No frustration, no fuss, just no singing!

I was still kind and loving and generous with my affection, but there was no wiggle room for testing mama’s patience. The moment I tucked them in, turned out their lights, and flicked on the TV was a delicious relief. What did we ever do before the amazing DVR? I had, at my fingertips, a lineup of Bad TV Paradise … Grey’s, Bones, Private Practice, Parenthood, DWTS, New Girl.Mamahhh Self-Care Month November 2011

It was my best solo-parenting night ever.

And that, my mama friends, felt like damn fine self-care!

We’ll bathe tomorrow :-)


What’s your best-ever solo parenting experience? Mother of the Year material, or shortcuts all the way? Share in the comments!

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  1. A night off sounds great right about now. I think I am going to take your advice. :)

    Stopping by from NaBloPoMo :)

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