Families with Style: Finding "Me" Time When You're a Working Mom

Indulgence #2: This one is tried and true, but I can't leave it out. If you're at home and you need a break, take a long bath. For me, it's not about the bubbles and the scents. The important part is the ability to lock the door and relax. Also, getting a massage is one of my favorite indulgences. At the start of my massage, my mind is usually racing with things that are bothering me. Five or 10 minutes into it, I'm practically sleeping.

Indulgence #3: When your kids are young, it's hard to go away without them, but if you want to indulge in a mini vacation without really leaving home, try spending one night at a hotel in the city or town you live in. Hire a babysitter, grab your husband and book a room. You're just a phone call away, but you're still indulging yourself and experiencing that two-of-us time you rarely get at home.

Indulgence #4: Sometimes "me" time can happily be spent as "we" time. When I get home from a tough day, doing simple things with the kids can be really relaxing for me. I like watching a fun video with them, or drawing and coloring pictures. Try doing something you wouldn't typically do on a weeknight. In fact, deliberately do something off-schedule. If you usually save the movies for Saturday afternoon, break the rules and take the kids out on a Tuesday night (after homework is done, of course). I do find that cooking with kids is fun and always a stress reliever for me '- but you knew I'd say that because I always mention cooking! But that's because it's always fun for us. When I'm feeling stressed, it helps to remind myself that what's important are kids and family.

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