I'm having a tough day, not feeling well and DD took a long time to get to sleep. Have asked my parents to have her just for 1 night so I can get my head straight, I have never asked for this before. Do you get a break or ever need one? I know some friends of mine have their children looked after by family a few times a week! So new to me. Then I wonder how my mum did it with me and my brother. She had no one to help and my dad work away alot. Am I weak asking for a break?
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28-03-2012 13:42 #1
Do you get a break from your children/ do you ever ask for a break?
28-03-2012 13:50 #2
I beg for breaks, but dd was in school before my mum took her without me being there. It is very irregular and generally unplanned, but she has stayed at my mum's place a few times now and is nearly 9.
28-03-2012 13:50 #3
No, you're strong for asking for help.
You'll be an even more awesome mum once you're rested.
28-03-2012 13:51 #4
Firstly, you are not weak, if you need a break you are sensible for thinking of taking one. Personally I have never had one, the first time I was away from DD1 overnight was when I was in hospital to have DD2. But we dont have family here and it isnt important enough to me to leave the kids with a stranger. Everyone is different, I have friends who had to go out to dinner without baby for a break when he was 2 wks old, and while it makes no sense to me, it was obviously important to them so so be it. Do what you need, you are lucky to have family willing and able to do that for you.
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28-03-2012 13:51 #5has left the building
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No, you are not weak asking for a break. We all need a break every now and again
I rarely get them (maybe twice a year i get a night off and i get a few hours here and there when DH is home, which is hardly ever). DH works away a lot, i have no family and my in-laws are happy to help me out but are also very busy so often can't. I also hate asking so i tend to save it for when i'm really, really struggling and needed a break weeks ago.
I would love to have a break every week - what a dream.
I give myself 'breaks' by letting my kids watch a tv show or i sit and read outside while they ride bikes. I also have an early bedtime for them so that i can have some time to myself in the evenings.
28-03-2012 13:58 #6
I do, reguarlly. I either have my mum or my boyfriend watch DD while I train for and play soccer 3 times a week
28-03-2012 14:04 #7
My break is when i goto the gym, or bootcamp or zumba.
Around an hour x afternoon/evenings a week.
28-03-2012 14:07 #8
Atm yes quite often. As from May, i wont as i lose that support network i have. Granted he is in school and i am on bludge week waiting for placement to start, I wont once i find suitable work, i am lapping this week up and enjoying it.
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28-03-2012 14:11 #9
Well i work 4 days a week so consider that as my break from hom,e and home is my break from work. but DP and I decided that we would take 1 day a month off where his mum picks up DS first thing in the morning and brings him back after dinner so DP and I can have a 'date day'.
28-03-2012 14:12 #10
My mum and step dad love having the kids. Normally it's them telling me to bring the kids up for the day or a sleep over
And then I have my sister whom is always wanting my girls for the day or night
I love my family
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