‘When I say I need a break, it’s because I am breaking. A break so I can put my pieces back together, and be the mother I want to be.’: Mom explains what ‘I need a break’ really means

“When I say I need a 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. Without the responsibility, the pressure and without the 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.

So, I can put my pieces back together and become stronger and be the mother I want to be.”

Courtesy Laura Mazza

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