By Mommy Mimi
Taking care of children and a family can often drain us and make us lose sight of the fact that before we were mothers, fathers, husbands, and wives we were people. People who cared about our own well-being. We often spared no expense to cater to our personal needs. We felt alive, fun, and free. Life was for living and we embraced the ideal wholly.
Then came love, and the baby in the baby carriage.
Becoming a parent changed everything. Every stitch of you after the positive pregnancy test became all about the magnificent being that you would birth and spend the best years of your life nurturing. Then somewhere along the way, you lost you.
This scenario is all too common amongst many and the topic of conversation among those who find themselves on the journey to Parentville. You know Parentville, the place where people wear “mom” jeans, don’t comb their hair nor treat themselves to the occasional mani/pedi, or date night. Sorry, I won’t let you take that trip to Parentville if I can help it!
Our children and families deserve the best of us. When we moved into the most important roles of our lives, many of our experiences molded us into the super parents that we are today. It’s only fair that some of our indulgences make the transition!
While we carpool, clean, and cook for our families, we must remember the greatest lessons are taught by example. Continuing to live and do for ourselves as caregivers’ sets the standard for our children that caring for one’s self is imperative and creates a healthy balance in life.
It is my belief that life is indeed for living. Weekly, I hope to bring you tidbits on creating balance along with random musings and tried and true facts on being a parent, spouse, friend and a host of other impromptu roles that we find ourselves performing on a daily basis.
I don’t claim to be an expert on anything but having a good time, and trying to be the best wife, mother and friend I can be. I am ecstatic to be a part of the Mami 2 Mommy family. I look forward to interacting with you.
I hate to start our new relationship off being pushy, but this week I demand you do something for yourself. Will it be a manicure, a trip to the salon or the oh so elusive trip to the grocery store alone? Do share!