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Taking time to rest, even as a busy Mum - Issue 365
November 21, 2014
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This week we’ve had plenty of life opportunity for my teens to learn and practice life skills: entertaining and getting to know teens they haven’t met before, taking responsibility for communicating in appointments, planning and buying gifts both online and instore, buying clothes. Naomi has had an amazing opportunity to help one of the local art galleries prepare for an exhibition – she’ll also be helping out during the exhibition tonight. She’s found some like-hearted, fun-loving people at the art gallery and so she had a lot of fun! We continue to give thanks to God for the opportunities this small community offer our kids.
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Taking time to rest, even as a busy Mum
In Mummy-blog-land (and in real life) there are two camps when it comes to mums taking time out; one, says that we should do it, and another says we should always be there for our family, always working. I’m in the ‘do it’ camp! I see the need for rest, for rejuvenation in other people - my husband, in my kids, in my friends – I am sure I’m no different. How we do rest may differ from person to person, season of life to season of life but it does need to happen.
Mums are first of all a person – a whole person; we have spiritual, moral, emotional, social, intellectual, physical aspects of our life. Just like our kids, we need to be growing in every area of our life. We also wear many hats: we are more than ‘mum’. We are a woman, a Christian, a wife, a friend, a sister, a daughter as well as a mum. We also take on different roles: we are a homemaker, we may have a paid job, and/or a volunteering commitment. Life is more than being a mum – though admittedly being a mum has encompassed a good portion of my life. It is one of the most important relationships in my life, and is one of the biggest influences in shaping my day. But I am more than being a mum.
The thing with finding time for ‘rest’ is how do we do that and keep control on all those other aspects of my life. Taking time to rest and rejuvenate should not be at the expense of high priority responsibilities. The dusting can wait, but dinner can’t (though it can be made simple!) Two things helped me take rest during the years when my children where young:
During my children’s childhood years Peter worked away from home, and I had the children by myself for long blocks of time. I needed to find a way to create times of rest for myself, without relying on him to have the kids. When he was home it was mostly family time together – now he did take the kids for some daddy time, but that was a bonus. The day to day rest, was up to me.
When talking about rest, what do you think about? Do you see all that needs to be done, and feel you can’t take a day off? There are restraints on what we can do – time, money, energy all limit what we can do in terms of rest. To me, it is about taking what we have, taking the situation we are in, and finding time to look after ourselves. So regardless of what your family life looks like, what season of life, how many children, your husband’s work situation, the climate you live in etc – there is a way for you to find time to refresh.
Things that stop us from taking rest:
Rest – in whatever way you take it – strengthens our ability to cope. It gives a focus in our spirit, a calmness to our emotions, strength to our body, clarity to our mind.
I’m not advocating that you ignore your house, that you are out for coffee every morning – but we do need to see that we are a person, and we have a physical, emotional, social needs, and a part of meeting those needs is rest. We also need to see that rest doesn’t only happen by taking a nap or being completely child free. There will be seasons in our life, especially when our children are babies and toddlers, where it is hard to find time to rest, but it is also a season in life where we need to look after ourselves or we won’t be able to do our best in the things that are important.
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