Mission Impossible: 5 Ways To Make Time For Yourself


By Pam Myers, BSEd

Finding time to have fun as a young mom is often a challenge when budgets and time are tight.  So much time is spent on making sure the kids are connected with exciting  and productive activities that sometimes you forget about yourself?  Moms need play dates with friends too.  This is a time to recharge your batteries so that you can be the happiest and best you can be for everyone in your life.  This needs to be a decision that you make for yourself without guilt understanding that it’s a part of taking good care of yourself.

Here  are a few simple and affordable ideas that you and your friends can plan together either during a weekday, evening in or out or on a weekend.  Remember, this is adult time only.

1. Look on the Internet for group discount activities such as Groupon or Living Social. There are many great activities offered that when shared can be within budget for many households. Look for unique activities like kayaking, concerts, book readings, something that gets you out of your comfort zone half the price!

2. Spa night for mani/pedis, hair, makeup.  Make it your own but asking each guest to bring a nail color they love. It can be a new one they bought or something from their personal collection. This way you and your guests can experience new colors and trends that they may not have picked out themselves.

3. Special interest hobbies such as photography and go on a day hike to learn and  practice together. For example instead of a book club, which lets be honest who has time for reading, try a movie club. Rent a movie from redbox or from your on demand provider, bring some snacks, and pop corn. Then chat about the movie afterwards. Also pajamas and comfy clothes are a must!

4. Learn something new.  Some businesses offer free “how to” classes.  Try checking in with new business around town that are trying to get their word out about their product or service, they may have a tour or tutorial for you and your friends to enjoy and partake in.

5. There are free tourist attractions at local museums, parks and recreation center.  A kid free museum or local attraction will really allow you to enjoy the event or space. Check your local area for opportunities.

Mommy and me is a wonderful activity but Me Time is equally as important.  Make time for yourself and your experience with the whole family will benefit.

Pam Myers received a BsEd in Education and her teaching credential from USC and was a 6th grade teacher for 13 years for the Ocean View School District in Huntington Beach, CA. She has been a senior editor at the Child Development Institute since 1999.