Yes, I know I missed Guilt-Free Friday! I have intermittently taken 1 day off a week from posting. One day I’ll actually schedule all of the posts I’ve written 😉 So Friday I took a day off to spend with my kids. I had no plans, no appointments. My mom was also in town so I had extra help, too. We did end up running quite a few errands but they were quick and fun.
I have actually started doing this fairly frequently…taking time off for myself and my kids. Some days are honestly for errands and appointments. Others are purely for one on one time with my kids. I also make a point to take my kids on regular dates every month. I do not always take a whole day off work just for time with them, but if I have not spent extra one on one time with them during the week at least once a month, I do something special with them on the weekends. Before anyone reads this and thinks I am blowing through vacation time or taking too much personal time, I do have two comp days a month from working my required weekend every month. One comp day I try to use for myself and errands, and the other I try to use for my kids.
If you are struggling with guilt at work or home, I would highly recommend taking a “vacation day” for your family. While I think our marriages are extremely important, I realize that we all probably feel the most guilt towards taking time away from our children. If you are in that category, start by taking a day every other month. I am absolutely certain that your children know that they are important and well-loved, but if anything, I think that day off makes us moms feel better about ourselves. Sometimes running errands frees up more of my time later, but I would highly encourage to dedicate as much of that time off to your children. Schedule it months in advance if need be, but reserve time to relieve some of the stress and guilt that sneaks up all too often.