Parenting strips away overall selfishness. From the moment your tiny human joins the world it’s never “all about you” ever again. However, I am 19 months into this parenting gig and have realized that I still carve out ways to be selfish. Why? Because it is these me-centric choices that some people try to make you feel guilty about that keep me sane, balanced and happy.
I think every mom (stay-at-home, working outside the home or some combination of the two) needs to feverishly protect her selfish sanity time…whether it is a hours each month or a couple weekends per year. For me, that means:
- Daily (or as close to it as possible) workouts
- Skiing on weekends (Mike goes in the morning and I take the afternoon)
- Not talking on the phone after Rylan goes to bed in order to spend time with Mike, watch trashy TV, catch up on work or just zone out on Pinterest
- Tacking on a pedicure or quick mall trip to family errands, especially if Rylan is napping
- At least one girls trip – be it overnight and close to home or somewhere that requires plane travel
I love Rylan and Mike more than anything, but I can’t be 100% mom and wife 24/7. I still have to be Alexis. I feel recharged and recommitted to my family and work every time to steal away for a few moments of me time.
And to be fair, I have to remember to let Mike do the same. He still plays in his band and practices weekly. He snowboards most Saturday and Sunday mornings. He is going on a guys trip the first weekend of April from a Thursday to a Sunday. He golfs in the summer. These things make him a better dad and husband too.
Call me selfish. I don’t really care. It’s how we do things.