This is one question which most new moms ask once they have settled into their routine. If you’re a working mother, then finding me time or down time seems like a dim distant dream. This is one question we often get asked, “as to how do we find some me time. Or I need a break so badly, nothing big but it could just be a night out with my girlfriends”. We gave this question some thought and decided the best people to answer this would be other mothers who have already crossed this stage. And understand from them as to how did they go about managing this phase of their lives.
Here is a roundup of what they had to share with us:
Find kid friendly places or stores: When she was, little I would often find places, which are kid-friendly. Some of the cafeterias and stores have a facility where in you can leave your kids under the store staff supervision for limited period of time and you could go around shopping or sit down to have a coffee while your child is being taken care of — Ridhima Sinha, mother of 7-year-old daughter
Find another new mom: This is a fun exercise where you get to make new friends and it is always good to have a friend whom you can relate to. When your taking your child out for a stroll, keep an eye out for other moms who seem to be doing the same thing as you. Then casually go and chat up with her. And don’t worry about having not much to talk about or what will the other person think about you. Just do it and before you know, you have a new friend to share your baby vows with. Once your babies are familiar with each other, then you can always leave your baby with your friend when you really need a break and vice versa – Reshma Gordon, mother of 12-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter
Make prior plans to utilise nap time fully: Once you have settled on a routine with your baby, make prior plans to utilise babies nap time effectively. It could be half hour of unplugging from all chores and listening to some music or reading a book with a cup of tea. Plan all this in advance and make sure you stick to your plans and do it – Kelly Stewart, mother of 5-year-old twins
And finally, we would like to add that motherhood is not about one dish for all kind of experience. One has to undertake a lot of experiments to finally arrive at their formula to get the best out of ingredients available to you.