I will admit that I stay up way too late. I know I should go to bed earlier and get better rest, but I love when the house is quite and I have time to myself. I do most of my blogging at night. That could be doing projects, editing pictures, writing posts or reading the many other amazing blogs that I follow.
Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day and has to choose how those hours are spent. Here's what works for me and how I find time with working and having two little ones around the house.
- I do a lot of things when the kids are sleeping or not home. My six year old doesn't nap and my three year old naps occasionally, but I try to make them have quite time in the afternoon. This not only helps them relax, but gives me a chance to get some things done. My son goes to preschool 2 days a week and my daughter is in full time kindergarten. When I am home during the week I actually have a few hours to myself that I try to get most of my projects done during that time.
- When I do projects with the kids around I try to involve them as much as possible. My son LOVES to be right beside me helping me out with whatever I am doing. I love that he enjoys learning and getting involved. I admit, sometimes it can be frustrating and take me longer to get things done, but it's nice he likes to "help." Kids learn so much by observing and getting hands on experience. If I'm doing some sort of craft project, my kids are usually at the table doing a project that is appropriate for them.
- Some projects take more time and there is no way around doing them while my kids are around. During these times, my husband is usually at home to keep an eye on the them. When this happens, I try to take a break and do something fun with them like going to one of the local playgrounds or exploring in the woods.
The bottom line is, you don't have to feel guilty for doing things for yourself and what makes you happy. Every mom needs some time to recharge and a break from being a mom, spouse, employee and friend and do something for themselves.