As parents we all know that getting a little time out alone is sometimes more difficult than we realize. But, we also have to remember to take time for ourselves. I usually do so by going shopping, grocery shopping, getting hair done, and sleeping haha just kidding.
I needed a day out friends, some actual adult conversations. I love my kids but, there are just some things I cannot tell or share with them. So, My friend Krystle, my sister Jessica, and I all decided to go to the mall. Now, mind you we were actually shopping for our kids. My sister has two boys she wanted to get some clothes for and I had to get clothes for 2 of my girls. You may ask, “If your shopping for your kids, then why don’t you take them?” Well, my answer to you is simple. “We needed a day out to ourselves and as parents who care about our children and their interests, we are already know what they like. Also, going to the mall with your kids is a bad idea especially if your only planning on getting them a few things.
My sister and I had coupons for The Children’s Place so, of course that is where we went. we purchased 160 dollars worth of clothes for 4 kids. I can’t even leave Wal-mart or the grocery store without spending 250-300 dollars. Which, is another reason why we didn’t take the kids. Because it turns into but, I want this, I want that, and why don’t you ever let me get what I want? I love my kids but, it’s true sometimes they can act a little ungrateful. Like I said before though you can get them things without them if you pay attention to their likes and dislikes. Then when you return home from your peaceful day out they will be happy and excited that you thought of them and brought them home something. Which, in turn I believe teaches them to also, think more about others while they are out and about.
Remember just because the old saying, “do as your told not as I do.” is still popular does not mean it works. Parents what you do and say is what your children typically do and say, maybe not around you but, they do. I remember being a child and yes, I learned from my parents. I’m not saying it was all bad but, kids pick up on the bad things we do too. We can only dream that they only pick up our good habits.
In all our day out was a success. We were able to talk, laugh, and shop without interruptions, whining, and being climbed on. I did of course give the baby a hug and cuddled with her when I got home because I missed her. The other 2 girls our not home or I would have cuddled them to lol. But, in all I was refreshed, rejuvenated, and I didn’t come home feeling more exhausted and I saved money.