Work-at-Home Moms Need Real Breaks

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Working at home, being in charge of a business and a family all at once can sometimes lead to blurred vision when it comes to understanding what “taking a break” really means. We're in charge of business organization, family scheduling and all the duties each responsibility requires. So when it comes to breaks time, it's often easy to feel the need to plan and organize there too.

Work-at-home mom on vacation

Work-at-home mom on vacation

Usually, when we plan a vacation, I research for months to find the best activities, the best deals and the best schedule to ensure my family has a great time. What I don't often do, however, is schedule in some non-scheduled time… Until now. I've always made sure we all have things to do, fun places to go and amazing sights to see. It' a ton of work, however, both in planning and in the actual doing when it comes to this kind of vacation.

This year we tried something different. We rented a house on a quiet lake. Beautiful views but not a ton of activity… Just what ever work-at-home mom should have. Down time. We had food, floaties and enough sun to keep us outside for days. The kids played, I sat and soaked up the slow pace, a little peace and occasional quiet.

Mom watching the kids play from a good resting chair

Mom watching the kids play from a good resting chair

I think sometimes we get so caught up in th planning and being in charge, we forget what it's like to really relax. Running from activity to fabulous sight to activity is not relaxing. It might be fun, it might be a great adventure the kids will remember for a long time, but it's not that rejuvenating, relaxation every mom needs. Add in the fact that you are running your own business… from home and you absolutely need time to sit and just enjoy sitting.

We drove 6 hours for 2 days to get to my great relaxing spot, but you don't have to go that far. If getting away from the house is a requirement to make sure you don't work, then make sure you go somewhere outside the home. Try a bed and breakfast or a hotel with a pool. See if there is some family activity resort near by. In Colorado we have a ton of places in the mountains we can do and relax with a great view, or camping is always a nice way to hang out and enjoy nature. Look at visiting a beach, a lake, a spa. Whatever you do, stop planning so much. Fun just happens sometimes, and it's ok to let the family find fun without your agenda hard at work.

Try it, tell me what you think. When you take a real break you'll be better for yourself, your family and your business. In the mean time, I have to get back to my own vacation.

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Jen Goode is a tech savvy, work-at-home mom of 3 and the “doodler in charge” of JGoode Designs, a Denver based art and design studio. She gained a love for all things handmade early on, making gifts and goodies since she was 5 years old. Jen has been a creative professional since 1996, sharing her insight for all ages through her various websites including 100 Directions, and Projects for Preschoolers.

 

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Tricia Meyer June 21, 2012 at 9:04 am

I could not agree with you more! Even in the middle of our frantic Disney vacation last week I planned a day where the kids and my husband could hang out at the pool and I could stay in the room by myself for hours. I just wanted to read and nap and not feel guilty! It was perfect for everyone. I think sometimes you don’t realize how badly you needed a break until you take one.

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Loretta Oliver June 21, 2012 at 10:44 am

I don’t recognize these things you speak of; quiet? relax? I don’t think those are in my vocabulary. I might just have to go discover their meaning this summer.

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Jen June 25, 2012 at 11:32 pm

HAHA Loretta, I can completely relate most the time. Definitely go take a break!

Tricia, you are SO RIGHT! It’s amazing how much we go go go without realizing it.

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Amanda June 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I totally agree with you! I try and take 2 days off every week because I work so much during the week but the actual relaxing part doesn’t always work out with 2 boys ;) We already took a much needed 2 week vacation to the Outer Banks in late May. The Outer Banks ended up being the perfect place for a relaxing low-key family vacation since it isn’t built up like other beaches in the South.

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Jen Goode June 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm

A 2 week vacation sounds fantastic! I also need to schedule in downtime during the week, I don’t do it nearly as much as I should… when I do, I’ll usually fill it up with projects or things that I didn’t get to during the week. That’s not how it’s supposed to go! Thanks for the reminder

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Jackie Crawford July 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm

This is so perfectly said! Thank you for writing it! I am a work at home/stay at home mom myself, and between my son, school, working, my husband, running the house, etc. I feel like my life is just a revolving door to a “To Do” list! Even when I think about taking a vacation, or something as simple as an hour break I always feel guilty and think that I could be doing something more productive. I’ve finally started taking some “me” time during the day just to read a book (I’m reading “The Barefoot Executive” by Carrie Wilkerson, it’s an awesome book and definitely worth checking out!) and it’s amazing what a little bit of rejuvenation time really does! I’m so glad I came across this post!!

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Jen Goode July 3, 2012 at 9:36 am

Jackie, I need to remember to take those little breaks too. I think we feel guilty because we stop when there are things on the list still yet to be done – but we need to stop, no reason to feel guilty! I need to try the at home “me” time too… I usually end up working because I love what I do so much LOL.

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