Here’s what I do know on a bigger scale – every mother needs some time off. She may not be as extreme as I am and need to escape for long intervals of time, but our sanity as mothers in this crazy, unrelenting, suffocating world is to insist on something that gives us air. I call it “putting on our oxygen mask first.”
So, think about what it is that you need this week to recalibrate yourself. Don’t ask for permission, just take it. Your family will survive without you. Using the oxygen mask analogy – what good are you if you’re on the floor because you put on everyone else’s mask and ran out of your own air? How can you take care of anyone else if you don’t take care of yourself first?
And to those who support moms – kids, husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends – give the mom in your life support to do this for herself this week. Don’t guilt trip her; don’t be all passive-aggressive. Figure out how to feed yourself for g*d’s sake. Remember: a happy mom is a happy home.