Sunday, May 1, 2011

Rewards For Bad Behaviour

As a reward for being a terrible mother this past week, I treated myself to a facial at Ella Bache. A little time to relax and think. Time to be alone... and my skin was horribly dehydrated, who has time for a glass of water these days?

I'm always striving to be a better mum but sometimes I find myself looking for ways to avoid engaging with The Young Man and Lady Baby O. I block them out with out even realising it. Cleaning the kitchen, getting the washing done, picking up the mess, cooking dinner, checking my bloody facebook. Anything. In the thick of it, these things are all consuming (facebook, really- who am I? loser), they must be done. It's essential.

That's when I know I need to take a big step back and steal some moments for myself. To be reminded that my relationship with my kids is what is most important. To nurture them, to listen to them, play play dough with them and dance the hokey poky in the kitchen.

I love those little ones and want to raise them well, to do that i need to look after myself too.

Photo taken on a little holidays to Uzez, France, when I used to have more time for me.

2 comments:

  1. I hear you. I am suffering from a major case of mother guilt at the mo... im not neglecting my kids exactly, its just that I WANT to. Well, not neglect them of course, just tell them to go play in another end of the house for a FEW HOURS while mummy locks herself inside her bedroom and curls up under the doona BY HERSELF. Yeah right. Facial? Im lucky to even get my hair cut twice a year! Ive had a gift voucher to 5-star da spa since Xmas, im afraid its going to expire!!!

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  2. this is so where I'm at, Em. Love this.

    And Ella Bache? ooh la la ;)

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em