Do Moms Need “Me Time”? was originally published March 9, 2009, on my previous blog to accompany a poll I had in the sidebar. I’m republishing now it as-is in 2015 because the discussion is an interesting one. I was tempted to edit it since I would word things differently now. But if I did that, the discussion that follows in the comments might not make as much sense. It’s really striking how a phrase as simple as “me time” can mean such wildly different things to women who have quite a bit in common.
At the time I originally wrote this, Caroline was two and a half years old. She was a pretty high-maintenance baby and toddler.
I will add my current thoughts about “me time” later in a new comment.
Do Moms Need “Me Time” Regularly?
I’ve seen different places around the internet that suggest that moms, especially Christian moms, don’t need “me time” or time to themselves. In fact, to want “me time” is deemed selfish and sinful.
Not to try to tip my hand or skew the poll, but didn’t Jesus himself go off alone?
Maybe I’m just being awfully simplistic in my view that everyone – including mothers – need time alone. But some of the stuff I’ve seen makes it sound like a major sin or character flaw if a woman needs time to herself.
And from my perspective, if would be downright dangerous for some women not to get time to themselves.
I usually don’t say this much when I post a poll, but I have to say that this teaching deeply concerns me. What conclusions have you come to about this topic?
Feel free to vote in the poll in the sidebar and leave a comment!