By Judy Crawford
Definition: A Time-Out is anything that lifts
your spirit and adjusts your attitude in a positive way.
Isn't that why we send our kids to their rooms in the first
To positively adjust their attitudes.
The following tips will help you adjust your attitude right
back to where it should be. ENJOY!
Nurture Your Spirit
Organize a devotional basket with some Quiet Time supplies. Include: a Bible, a devotional book (I’ve heard that
Time-Out for Tired Moms is a great resource!
I couldn’t resist!), tissues, prayer journal, pen, and note cards to write down your favorite verses. Place these items in a cute basket so that they are readily available.
Next time your kids are quietly occupying themselves, grab your basket and go to your room to enjoy your own quiet
time-out with God.
2. Take Ten
This is a literal time-out. For
a short time go someplace by yourself. Hide in the closet or bathroom---wherever
your family can’t find you and just breathe in the serenity of the moment. Now
don’t forget--you must go back--you can’t hide forever. But for a
short time, take ten and enjoy some literal time-out.
Calgone, take me away! We’ve seen the ad, but do we really
take the time to do it. Today, take some time-out to pamper and indulge: enjoy
a good hot soak, splurge on good chocolate, relax over a cup of hot tea, or simply read something other than Dr. Suess. Take care of the care-giver! Go ahead
Mom, spoil yourself!
chaos seems to be status quoi when kids are little. Today, lift your spirit by
adding beauty and order to your surroundings: light the candles, brighten the
room with flowers, clean out the closet, pop in your favorite CD. Do simple
things to add beauty and order to your home and then enjoy it before your kids discover what you’ve been up to.
The to-do list
of a Mother seems to be forever undone. Today, take some time-out to create something
that stays done: craft, scrap-book, sew, cook (that is... cooking for fun!). Make something that doesn’t involve play-dough or finger paints and then
be sure to share it, “Hey honey, look what I did today!
6. Work Those Muscles
Yes, I am referring
to exercise. Break a sweat! Work-out
your intellectual muscles as well: take a class, research a topic, do aerobics,
walk or run. Work out your mind and body and enjoy a time-out that not only gives
you a break, but produces positive results at the same time.
be a very lonely job. I know this sounds ridiculous when you have multiple children
attached to various parts of your body at any given time. But it’s true! And although we love our men, they really can only handle so many spoken words in
a given day. That is why we need women!
Stay connected with your female friends: e-mail, phone a friend, write
a real letter, join a Mom’s group, be a friend. Nourish your friendships and they will nourish you.
8. Pursue the Dream
The dream! We all have one, even you Mom. Take some
time-out to pursue your dream: identify the dream, take inventory of your talents,
research it, and then simply start. You are Mom and so much more. Today, cultivate your talents and then take some baby steps to pursue your dream.
Incorporate the above time-out tips into the everydayness of Mothering and see how your attitude will begin to turn
those 180 degrees back to where it should be.
Go ahead Mom, Enjoy some Time-Out!
GO TO YOUR ROOM!
Time-Out for Tired Moms by Judy Crawford.