I found a beautiful article at homeschoolblogger.com that really touched me. In it, she exposes the myth that women *need* time away from their children and husbands in order to “refuel” ourselves. She points out how this kind of mentality only leaves us more frustrated and more unfulfilled as we seek to “find ourselves” in an identify other than wife and mother.
Here is an excerpt, you can read the full article Here:
Me Time is a myth. It is an unattainable, always interruptible, never satisfying piece of junk psychology. Me Time, by its very name, suggests that who we are during the daily grind is not who we truly are. It begs us to search for fulfillment outside of the titles of “wife” and “mother.” It accuses precious little ones and God-given spouses for suppressing us. It reduces motherhood to a disease in which little dirty faces and endless monotonous tasks slowly suck the life out of us. It says we can never be refreshed by spending time in the presence of those we care for day in and day out. It points out a perceived hole in our world that needs to be filled, a tank that must be refueled, a monster that will swallow us if we neglect to feed it Me Time.
The more we indulge the thought that we are somehow owed this time away, the more we will seek after it. The more we seek after it, the more every little opportunity afforded us to take a break will seemingly end too quickly. The everyday life of being a mother will become drudgery. We will dread every aspect of this role. We will snap at our children any time they try to draw us out of our precious time alone. Not getting this time will ruin our day, and if we do manage some time away, we will despise the re-entry.
I, too, have been sucked into the “me time myth” and am determined to follow the advice of this author and do all things “as unto the Lord.” As always, I covet your prayers as I strive to become a better wife and mother, and highly recommend this article to anyone desiring the same.