Look To the Western Sky

A blog about single life as a parent & the dreams of a writer by Margo L. Dill

Parents: Taking Time For Yourself

I just returned from a three-night, four-day girls’ trip to Breckenridge, CO. We had a lot of fun, from sightseeing on Mt. Evans to dog sledding with a golf cart, from Oktoberfest to a winery with an incredible view–we laughed and relaxed; and each one of us took time for ourselves. We are all moms. Some of us are single; some of us are married. I am the only one with a young child; one mom has a special needs son, and others have teenagers, college students, and young adults. All of us have busy lives and jobs, but we made it happen. We took the time for ourselves.

The dog sled adventure

I’m not going to tell you it was easy or without guilt. I had a bit of guilt before I left about how I was taking this trip as a single parent, and two of the nights were my nights with my daughter. The guilt grew worse when KT had a meltdown on the phone with me the second night; and when I called her from the airport on my way home, she was teary eyed and wanted me home right now. My mom’s commentary on how miserable KT was also didn’t help. Grandmas hate to see their grandchildren teary-eyed.

I’m still glad I did it, though; but for a while, I doubted myself. Luckily, my friends are amazing.

One said: You have to let her figure out how to navigate life without you always there. You have to prepare her for the tough stuff. If you don’t, and life gets tough, she will have no idea what to do. (How about that for a smart, great friend?)

Another said: Everybody has to refuel. Everyone does it. There’s nothing wrong with taking care of yourself, mentally and physically, so you are stronger and better for your daughter. (Exactly!)

And there was a handsome police officer…

I mean–this is free advice I got, and I am now sharing it with you. 🙂

KT and I both survived, and the next day when we were together, it was even more special. We appreciated each other more. We hugged a lot, and we told each other how much we loved and missed each other. That is very special and just an extra bonus of going on a fun trip with my friends and also having a beautiful daughter!

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5 Comments

  1. I love you Margo and enjoyed every minute we spent on this trip! I am so very proud of you and the wonderful mother you are to K! And I am so glad that you were wonderful to YOURSELF even for a short time! You girls filled my soul this trip.

    • luvboxerdogs

      September 15, 2017 at 6:56 am

      Love you too, Lisa. So thankful to have you in my life and always pushing me to be a better mom and person, plus have a sense of adventure!

  2. It was truly an amazing trip! I love all of you ladies! I had some mom guilt for leaving my family too, but the long hugs when I came home were the best!

    • luvboxerdogs

      September 15, 2017 at 6:55 am

      That’s awesome! It’s good to know that I wasn’t the only one with mom guilt, but also that your kids were so happy to see you!

  3. Sounds like an energizing trip with friends and excellent lessons learned.

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