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Stay-at-home moms need days off too

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I was childless today. Well, not really, one kid was at school and the other went to Nana's house for the day. This doesn't happen as often as I'd like, though I am fortunate to get it more than most I'm sure of it and I'm eternally thankful.

Though, with all of the sickness and running around that had to be done, it hasn't happened in a while. So today, I had my first "day off" in a while. I know I'll get mocked for that, as being a SAHM means I don't have a "real job" or so I've been told.

Yet, I don't care. I needed this alone time. Time to be with my thoughts in a quiet house. Time to write. Time to sit and do nothing. Time to cuddle with my new kitten without a child attached to me. Time to sit and watch "The Real Housewives" and not listen to some kind of cartoon for all hours of the day.

Yes, I needed today. My mama heart ached for it. Does that make me a bad mom? No, I don't think it does. My heart and the great Lord above knows that I love my kids more than anything on this green Earth. But, that it is okay to need a break from them from time to time. Even healthy.

So Mama, don't feel guilty taking your days to yourself. It's okay to leave the baby with grandma or a trusted sitter and just do you. Whether you spend that time with your new kitten or choose it to run errands, we need to indulge that part of ourselves here and there. We deserve it just like everyone else after all.

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