“When I say I need a parenting break, I’m not saying I don’t love my family.
I’m saying going to the toilet with an audience, every time, can get tiresome.
When I say I need a break, I’m not saying I wish I didn’t have children.
I’m saying it would be nice to put make up and feel good without prying foundation out of someone’s tiny hand.
When I say I need a break, I’m not saying I want a holiday (even though one would be nice).
I’m saying a shower without having to run out because of crying or have someone’s head pushed against the screen. Shaving my lady bits without an audience would be ace.
When I say I need a break, I’m not saying I need to get out more.
I’m saying it would be nice to not have the mental load of it all.
When I say I need a break, it’s because I am breaking.
I need a moment to be me that’s not on borrowed time. I need a moment to be me without the responsibility, the pressure, the mom guilt.
I need to feel like me, just for a moment. That’s what I mean when I say I need a break.
I need a break from being needed, so I can just feel like me, put my pieces back together, and become stronger and be the mother I want to be.”
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