Time Out

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on April 26, 2009

Being a mother of six is a big responsibility. The schooling, bathing, clothing, cooking, and cleaning most often overshadow the loving, nurturing, and just plain being with my children.

Do you ever feel like you need a time out from the busy-ness that is life?

Since Daddy was away this evening, I decided to just hang out with my kiddos. We ordered pizza, watched a movie, giggled, and enjoyed just spending time together. I didn’t worry about what I needed to do or what wasn’t getting done. I felt closer to my babies and boy, did I miss just being close.

Sure, Noah was all over the place, Ben wouldn’t sit without at least having his toes touch my leg (or arm, or head), and it seemed like Josh and Julia just couldn’t sit still. I have piles of laundry to wash, and even more piles to fold and put away. The dishes are undone, lessons unplanned, emails unread, and posts unwritten. And, did I mention that there is a huge mess in the living room?

But, none of that matters much, because my babies and I shared an evening that could have been lost to busy-ness. We took a time out, together, and it’s nights like these that will become cherished memories.

Have you, like me, let the busy-ness of being a parent prevent you from just enjoying your kiddos? If so, I urge you to take a time out with them. It could be a few moments, an evening, or even a day or two, but just take the time to enjoy being with your kids without any distractions. The time goes by too fast to be too busy!

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Violet The Verbose April 26, 2009 at 11:12 pm

I hear you. I feel so often as if I’d much rather be playing with/reading to/doing a project with my girls rather than cleaning and getting us ready to go places. Sometimes I do what you did tonight, I just drop the work and sit and play with them, but I still wish every day could be like that. For the first two years of my eldest daughter’s life I played with and read to her all day long every day. The house was a constant mess, but it was so great to be so close with her. Now I feel guilty because my second born does not know so many of the things my first did at the same age, because I haven’t taught her! But who else will cook, clean, dress us and get us where we’re supposed to be? That’s why I’m looking into cloning myself.

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Christine - From Dates to Diapers April 26, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Oh, if only cloning myself were an option, I would make sure there were seven of me!

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Cheryl April 27, 2009 at 4:34 am

Sorry to bother you about this on your comment section-I didn’t see an email. I (tried) to enter the Big Bubblin Stars contest last night and I don’t see my video. Do you know how/who I should contact?

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Kristin April 27, 2009 at 4:40 am

Thank you for this post. I do this all the time and forget to just be with them. Time goes so quickly. We have to take time to just love our children

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Miche@CoordinatedChaos April 27, 2009 at 7:50 am

I am so impressed you can do everything you do with 6 kids! We all need time out from time to time; thanks for the reminder that time out for us all is OK :)

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Jill April 27, 2009 at 8:18 am

That sounds like a great evening. I only have two kids and I’m usually too exhausted to get it all done. I don’t know how you do it!!

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Gina April 27, 2009 at 9:05 am

What a great reminder – yes, I need a time-out from life! We did almost all that you described last night with movie night. The big difference? Mommy was on the computer while on the couch with them. Half watching the movie, half working. And feeling so guilty the entire time! The “list” looms over me and weighs so heavily.

But you’re right. They’re not young forever. A day will come when they don’t want to cuddle up with a movie, paint butterflies, dance like fairies and kick a ball with us. Even worse, a day will come when they won’t hold my hand in public! aaaggghhhh I don’t look forward to that at all.

So, for today I’ll do a better job of taking time-outs from life, be present and savor each day with my kiddos. Thanks for planting this seed!

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* TONYA * April 27, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Could I use this as the reason why my house is a constant mess :)

You never know what tomorrow may bring so it’s important to spend a little extra time with the kids and let them know how much you enjoy their company and how much you love them.

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Iva @ Horizontal Yo-Yo April 27, 2009 at 3:52 pm

The thing I have to keep reminding myself is that my babies are only babies for a short time. My mess isn’t going anywhere. My babies are (eventually)…

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Felicia - I Complete me April 28, 2009 at 6:51 pm

This is a great post. I too at times feel the need to just relax and be with my family. There is always something to do, clean the bathroom, laundry, sweep, mop, cook, whatever, but I have to remember to enjoy my family. It’s okay to not get it done as long as it was worth it. And today it was, I took my little man for a walk at the park.

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Jaime April 29, 2009 at 8:21 am

I can’t say I know what its like to have 6 kids, but I’m pretty sure the feeling of snuggling feels the same with 1! I’m so glad you got some time out with your kids!! It is so easy to put all those other little things ahead of family time, but what a difference it makes in the kids’ lives when we do make time for just them!

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Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com April 29, 2009 at 11:29 am

What a blessing to spend some time just hanging out =) One of my biggest worries about having this baby is that I’ll forget that sometimes the best thing you can do for you and for your family is to just spend time together doing nothing.

I’m glad you enjoyed it so!

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Heather April 30, 2009 at 11:31 am

Don’t you wish they could invent a machine to fold laundry for you?

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Donna Blessed Nest May 5, 2009 at 12:17 am

I love this post. As we speak, the dishes are undone, laundry needs to be put away on and on but I ran around in the backyard with my girls today, played tag. I love the snuggle nights…letting them stay up a bit too late and laughing. I find homeschooling helps me have more time outs with my kids even though I am working 30+ hours a week from home too with my biz. I love this life and wouldn’t change a thing. Yes, sometimes my work hours and homeschool days are spent in jammies!

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girlymama August 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm

LOVE this. I did this on Tuesday with my babies. We just sat and ate popcorn and watched a Disney movie – while the laundry sat in piles around us. Totally worth it — we need these fun times to recharge and remember the FUN part of being mommies!!
girlymama´s last [type] ..i need a vacation

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