I have two boys, two very noisy boys. They sing and dance and bang and crash. They wake up early and play noisy games. They watch television – loudly. In short they give me a headache. I love them dearly but every now and again I need a break.
I think it’s important for parents to have some time to just be themselves, to unwind, to remember who they are. This can be anything from going for a walk alone, catching up with friends for a coffee or a meal out. For me even a trip to the local supermarket alone is a bit of a treat. No baby to push in a trolley, no six year old saying “Mummy can I have this, Mummy can I have that, Mummy I need the toilet”.
Just before my birthday my mum looked after my son so I could get my hair cut. When I got there my appointment was moved ahead to the afternoon which gave me a couple of hours to kill. I had a wander around the shops and happened across a pedicure on offer at a local beauticians. I thought about it for a minute and I treated myself to a pedicure. I spent a good half hour chatting to the beautician while she made my feet look less like hooves.
After my pedicure I went to the hairdresser, relaxed into my chair and enjoyed a proper cup of coffee with adult conversation. Then I went home… to my noisy boys. It’s hard when you have two children. When you have one child people are happy to look after them but add another to the mix and it’s not so easy. Parents still need a break, their alone time. Last week we went out for the first time since Little L was born (at least 19 months). We went to a wedding reception, I drove which is unheard of for me on a night out. It was worth it though, we had a great night and I woke up the next day without a hangover!