We all need a little 'me' time.

04/01/2015 02:17

So often I hear and even use the cliche that time disappears too fast as a parent. It often feels like that but when I stop and think about it, becoming a parent actually seems to have stretched time. I think back and less than 2 years ago I had no children. Now I have 2. Less than 2 years ago really isn't that long ago and yet I struggle to even remember it. It's like it was a different life altogether; a hazy mirage that seems nice but not quite real. Apparently I used to be able to do what I wanted, when I wanted. I used to have lie ins, party late and even leave the house after dark with my wife. Life as a parent is great, but boy is it all consuming and exhausting. We no longer have the luxury to even read the newspaper over breakfast in peace, let alone anything else. Remembering life without children is difficult, and if we're not careful I think we are in danger of remember we exist as individuals too. That's why we've both decided to try and make a little more time for ourselves in 2015.

 

Pamper Parcel Me Time

 

Looking back on the last year though, as we've adapted to parenting 2 small children I'd be lying if I said that I didn't have more time to myself than my wife got. My idea of me time is spent training in the gym and partaking in physical activity; watching sport, attending sports, reading about sports, listening to sports, debating sports. I moan that I don't get enough time to myself but in truth, I'm a sports junkie and my wife spends a lot of time playing the role of a sports widow. I was feeling a little guilty as we looked back on the last 12 months. I'd been to football games, American football games, basketball, ice hockey, greyhound racing, boxing events all live and spent more hours than I could count both in the gym or with my eyes glued to the television cheering on my favourite athletes. I didn't class that as having me time, but in hindsight I'd had a lot. I'd given a lot of my time to the sporting world and thankfully the good folk at Betfair helped me give a little of it back to my wife. They sent me a hamper from the wonderful Pamper Parcels that would help my wife enjoy some quality time for herself whilst I was searching for the next bit of sport I could watch like a helpless addict.

 

The Pamper Parcel definitely put a huge smile on my wife's face and I would recommend it to any man out there in need of earning some brownie points. It came well packaged, beautifully presented and filled with goodies such as bath bombs, body lotion and chocolate. I'm lucky that my wife understands that sports make me happy. I'm even luckier than Betfair knew somone at Pamper Parcels and that they knew that special deliveries of pampering products would make my wife happy.

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Disclosure - Betfair sent me the Pamper Parcel in exchange for this blog post. Any views and opinions however, are my own and are honest.

 

 

 

Topic: We all need a little 'me' time.

Date: 14/01/2015

By: Laura @ KneadWhine

Subject: Me time

Ah... I'd love a bit of that. My me time at the weekend involved putting together a Spotify play list!

Date: 06/01/2015

By: Clare Nicholas

Subject: Lovely

I'm trying to rediscover me time too, I had forgotten what it was.

Date: 05/01/2015

By: Sara-Jayne

Subject: Pamper

Me time? Does that really exist? The only me time I've had since my boys were born is in hospital! I keep hoping someone will give me a break but it never happens. Still, I wouldn't swap my boys for the world. That pamper parcel is lovely though!

Date: 05/01/2015

By: Tim

Subject: Me time

'Me' time is definitely important. It's so easy to get caught up in the family as all-consuming, because that's what some people would tell us is necessary to be a 'good' parent. But what use is a devoted parent if they're constantly run-down and grumpy? Surely it's far better to allow ourselves some personal time?

I was once told that the best way to think of life is as a triangle. The three points of the triangle are work, family and 'me'. If you can find the right balance between them, you have a nice, evenly-shaped triangle. Too many of us focus on work and family to the exclusion of ourselves (and our partner's) time - and that's just not healthy in the long run.

Date: 05/01/2015

By: Ryan Costello

Subject: Re: Me time

I agree with you entirely Tim. Our children will be so much happier throughout their childhood if they are growing up in a happy home, with happy people. It's too easy to neglect ourselves.

Date: 05/01/2015

By: Kara

Subject: Pamper Parcels

We received one of these too and the chocolate is amazing!

Date: 04/01/2015

By: Pinkoddy

Subject: pampering

Oh how lovely of you to get a Pamper Parcel for your wife. I loved mine.

Date: 04/01/2015

By: Ness

Subject: Me time

I think the one bit of me time I get is when I finally go to sleep!

Date: 04/01/2015

By: Michelle

Subject:

That parcel looks lovely :) xxx <a href="http://thoushaltnotcovet.net">Thou Shalt Not Covet</a>

Date: 04/01/2015

By: Rachel

Subject: Me time

I totally agree, we do all need some me time, even if it is only the odd 20-30 minutes here and there x

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