I came upon the following quote tonight. It truly blessed me and I was surprised when I saw the source. It is certainly as relevant today as when it was written:
If mothers could learn to do for themselves what they do for their children…, we should have happier households. Let the mother go out to play! If she would only have courage to let everything go when life becomes too tense, and just take a day, or half a day, out in the fields, or with a favourite book, or in a picture gallery looking long and well at just two or three pictures, or in bed, without the children, life would go on far more happily for both children and parents.
~Charlotte Mason, Volume 3, page 33 of The Original Homeschooling Series.
I don’t know about you, but I feel guilty about anything and everything I do for myself, as if it is unnecessary and purely selfish. As mothers, we need to recharge our batteries sometimes; otherwise it’s easy to become cranky and resentful, and that doesn’t benefit anyone. I’m blessed to have a group of church sisters who love LNOs (ladies’ nights out), whether planned or impromptu. It’s great to have friends you can call and say, “Help! I really need a night out. Can we meet for supper?”
I really loved this encouraging quote for moms.