I was going to post this in "parenting", but I realized this is such a big HSing issue I wanted to post it here.
The question was posed with the assumption that some of us can't get breaks--time to ourselves or with dp away from the kids. Military deployments, dp out of town, family far away, living in rural areas with no good babysitting options, no good babysitting options, period. (HSing--no school to ship them off to!)
So many reasons why we might have to bravely forge ahead and be with our kids 24/7 (or nearly!).
So, what do you do for *mental* breaks? Early bedtimes and quiet times after 7:00 are pretty easy to figure out. Morning videos, getting up before the kids. But what about the height of the day?
Here's my example:
During the day I will grab my knitting, mending or just my coffee and the crossword and plop myself in the same room my girls are playing in. They love it. They show me what they are doing, what their game is. I don't mind being interrupted, in fact I plop myself there to be interrupted, in a way. For some reason, this is really relaxing for me (as long as I am not recruited to fetch them things, that is). I am ignoring the rest of the chores and just sitting and connecting with my kids. Believe it or not, this is a mental break for me!
What are other techniques/habits you have to stay mellow? (I am already assuming none of us is mellow all the time!) My mellowing technique is simply this: I choose not to live for those breaks I might never, or only occasionally get. I do work one day a week, occasionally 2 and it's dh's turn with the girls.
Edited by SweetSilver - 5/25/12 at 7:53am