Stress relief or getting a break from it all
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    busymomtaylor is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    Default Stress relief or getting a break from it all

    Ok who feels stressed and thinking when do I get time to take a breath?
    Well after a phone call last night with another homeschooling mom, I realized I am not the only one who feels this way once and awhile. Through the years I have come up with a few different ways to relax. Just a moment ago I went and got some chocolate from my secret stash. Also about four years ago I worked a deal out with my dear hubby that I would be free to do what ever without any mom responsibility on Sunday afternoons. We come home from church I get dinner on the table. After we are done eating I am free !! Sometimes I go to a movie, other times I sleep all afternoon, other days I have read a good book while locked in my room, I have been known to get a snack and then go for a walk at a cemetery, ever once and a great while I go shopping ( I am not a shopper by nature and do not find it relaxing!) So maybe you could work something out and get an afternoon off if not once a week, maybe every other or just one day a month. So just an idea to get out once a week without the family and not doing any mom work(ie grocery shopping)
    Do any of you have great stress buster ideas?

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    My husband travels extensively for work and our nearest family is 650 miles away. So "me-time" is a few and far-between event. My mother's solution is that when my husband is gone for long periods of time, I should hire a babysitter one day per week to watch the girls for a few hours while my son is at PreK. [She's suggesting 6 hours; I'm thinking more like 3.] That way, I can get a coffee, go to the mall, take a nap, or do whatever on my own. I haven't done it yet, but I am sure I'll look forward to the opportunity to decompress the next time I start to get too stressed and there's no help or end in sight. Now, I just have to find someone I trust to watch my angels.
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    Melissa......I know exactly how it feels to be isolated from friends and family. Talk with the parents of your son's preschool....they may have a reliable baby sitter....or they might even belong to or be interested in forming a co-op. If there is a local college you can post a notice or file a request with their "jobs for students" office. If you go to church you could put the word out there. I googled "homeschool groups in washington" and got a ga-zillion hits:

    http://www.google.hn/search?hl=en&sourc ... ps+in+wash

    I bet you can find one or more groups by you and you'll be able to make friends of your OWN and probably find a solution and an 'angel minder' as well. good luck!! deni..........
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    busymomtaylor is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    Wow I am all for getting a babysitter and getting some down time. I wish I could come up with some ideas for you. I have had to ask ladies in our community(it is small 2000) to watch kids during the day when I have had drs appointments. We have one awesome neighbor that has one day off a week and offers to take the kids every once and awhile ( I try not to abuse the offer). The kids love her and she loves kids it is wonderful. You do not sound stressed but I can not imagine how you do it .

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