Moms, self-care is so important. We spend approximately 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, taking care of everyone else. Literally everyone. On my list this week were tasks for my husband, my mom, my mother-in-law, my son’s daycare teachers, my sister-in-law, my neighbor, oh, and my actual, paying J-O-B.
Where are we supposed to find room on that list for ourselves?
Mother’s Day. That’s our one shot. Our one day of the year to pass off the title of “lead parent” to someone–anyone–else, kick back, and TREAT YO’SELF.
Now, this can be tricky. After all, you do have a tiny
leech raccoon dictator terrorist human who, for the most part, depends on you for survival. So, to make sure you get the full Mother’s Day treatment this year, follow this simple 5-step approach:
Step 1: Drop the Hint
“Oh wow, Mother’s Day is early this year… what should we send your mom, babe?” Be cool, be subtle, make sure he knows the time is nigh.
Then, as the day approaches – once you’re sure he knows that it is, in fact, approaching – start making it clear that you’re about to burn this mother down if you don’t get a break soon. Lots of huffing and puffing during chores, crashing onto the couch after the baby is asleep, rocking back and forth in the fetal position after particularly rough days… ya know, the usual.
Step 2: Survey the Land
It’s probably been a hot minute since you’ve actually even thought about yourself, let alone took care of it. So think about what you need. Might I recommend:
- A massage
- A mani-pedi
- A facial
- A bubble bath
- A blow out
- A nap
- Lounging by the pool
- Reading an actual book
- Zoning out in front of the TV
- Guzzling champagne
- Taking a leisurely stroll through the Target Dollar Spot
- Eating a complete meal while it’s still hot
- Drinking a piping hot cup of coffee
- Scrolling through Instagram for 6 hours
- Eating junk food outside of the pantry
- Sitting in your car in complete and utter silence
- Fleeing to Mexico
The possibilities are endless, mamas. DREAM BIG.
Step 3: Make Your Escape Plan
This is your one chance, so don’t screw it up. Decide what you’re going to do, make an appointment, pick up supplies, arrange back-up childcare, gather numbers for take-out… do whatever you’ve gotta do to make sure the day goes off without a hitch.
Don’t leave this part up to your husband, unless he’s really good at this stuff and can be trusted to not ruin it. Mine actually is really good at this stuff, so I’m lucky enough to just seed ideas and watch them blossom from afar (letting him think he came up with them himself… it’s a beautiful thing).
If you’re going to enjoy your one day of the year – don’t let the logistics fall to the wayside.
Step 4: Drop the Bomb
Now that you’ve done all the prep work, it’s time to drop the bomb on your husband. You may wanna give him a few days notice, or you may wanna drop it last minute so he doesn’t have time to make an excuse – you know what kind of weasel you married, so you be the judge.
Regardless, here’s roughly how that conversation’s going to go:
Mom: “Hey hun, you know how Mother’s Day is next week?”
Dad: “Wha–ye… yeah. Next week? Yeah. Knew that.”
Mom: “I’m gonna take the day and pamper myself.”
Dad: “Wait, next week?”
Mom: “Yes, Sunday, Mother’s Day.”
Dad: “OK, but…”
Mom: “Yep, isn’t that a great idea?”
Dad: “Mm hmm… Is the baby going with you?”
Dad: “Who… where’s the baby going to be?”
Mom: “With you. His other parent.”
Dad: “But I–okay… how long will you be gone?”
Mom: “A while.”
He might pout for a little bit, but he’ll get over it. He’ll embrace it once he remembers Father’s Day is right around the corner, and he can cash in on his own dad’s day out.
Step 5: TREAT YO’SELF
This is it! The big day! Your moment! Do the damn thing! Rest, relax, recharge, rejuvenate, all those “re” buzz words… do ’em all. Let the day be all about you, guilt-free. Let the laundry, the dishes, the toys, the chores, the lists all pile up. It’s going to be fine. Mother’s Day is your day. Enjoy it to the fullest. TREAT. YO. SELF.