Understanding the Need for Me Time for Full-Time Moms

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Being a full-time mom can be very draining at times. So often there are 101 things to be done on a daily basis that leave little time for breaks. One not only needs to take care of the household but to also take care of the kids. This leaves extremely little time to care about yourself and most of the time a mom will put her needs last or even neglect them in favour of the family.

This type of mentality has to stop. You need to take proper care of yourself before you can put your energies into caring for your family. Only when you are able to find time to chill out and relax will you be able to rejuvenate yourself.

You may be thinking to yourself ‘where can I find the time to allocate time to myself?’ There are simply too many things that a mum has to do. How can I have time to sit down and read a book or spend time doing up my nails? Is that really possible?  The kids are still so young?

Don’t let yourself be clouded by mummy guilt. You can have your ME Time if you make time for it. It doesn’t need to be that long. Even an hour can do you wonders. Spending an hour alone can do wonders for a mom’s sanity.  How do I manage? I steal minutes throughout the day; I find time to read a book, catch up on my hobbies or just take time out to chill. Do try to schedule in your ME Time for your own health and benefit.


Dominique Goh, Singaporean elementary school teacher, freelance writer and mom of three who is passionate about parenting and educating kids. In her free time you can see her dabbling in photography, cooking and cake decorating and blogging at Dominique’s Desk.


  1. “Me time” can also be a constructive effort, dedicated to the goals and aspirations we have for ourselves besides motherhood. During my first few years as a mom, I usually spent “me time” resting, reading a book—basically just hanging in there. But I always felt like my life was passing me by; I wasn’t getting closer to achieving my goals of a better life. So I decided go back to school online since the classes worked best with my busy schedule. The hardest part was the first step. A post I read recently summed it up perfectly: http://collegeonlinealternatives.com/motivation/continuing-education-just-do-it/