Moms deserve a little 'me time'

Published On: Nov 28 2011 04:57:01 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 27 2011 11:56:46 AM EST
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(NewsUSA) - Moms are the true jacks-of-all-trades. They are the chefs who get meals on the table and lunches packed; the chauffeurs who get kids where they need to be; the doctors who bandage up scrapes; the listeners to problems big and small; the social directors of play dates and parties; and so much more.

With all that they do, moms rarely get a moment to take a break and enjoy a bit of time for themselves.

Dr. Wendy Walsh, busy single mom, TV personality and college professor, understands what it's like to be busy. Here are her tips for helping other moms sneak a little "me time."

* All moms should take a guilt-free break during their busy day. Try arriving at school carpool early. Turn off the car engine, tune into a favorite radio station and reach into your bag for a favorite snack.

* Watching kids read can remind moms how relaxing it is to escape in the pages of a riveting novel. Get mom-friends together and form a book club, so there's always an excuse to take a break. Tell kids you're doing Mommy-homework, because the book club is meeting soon.

* As the sun sets, parents want to wind down, but sometimes kids, especially colicky babies, wind up. A nice walk is a great way to calm a child down. When the kids get older, keep walking at sunset. It's a great way to take a break from the chaos of the house and soothe yourself.