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Mommy Needs a Timeout

Author: Jeane N. Liburd, MA, CCLS
Published Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

There is a space between the chaos of life where laughter and rest exist. In this space, you realize that peace and joy were, in fact, already there – just covered by the demands of life that become a distraction. Children have an awesome ability to be present in the moment. Sometimes this looks like yelling over who took their toy, being a witness to nature that surrounds them, or full-out dance parties with big belly laughs. There is always an invitation to join their experience.

I was recently reminded by a friend to lean into these moments. I recognize that this is not always an easy task, especially if I have not taken care of myself. Sometimes, Mommy needs a timeout. We often prioritize our children’s sleep, physical activity, and nutritional needs yet neglect our own. For me, quiet time provides space for reflection and rest. I too often categorize these things as luxuries rather than a necessity. The truth is, to be present we must also prioritize our own needs. I find it very difficult to help my children navigate their big emotions when I am exhausted. It is also hard to join in on the fun if my focus is on the next task that “needs” to be completed. I have begun the work of reprioritizing what matters most so that I can be fully present. For me, this looks like creating more boundaries around my time. It is saying no to projects that are not necessary and making sure that I, too, get enough sleep, solitude, and sunshine. How do you incorporate rhythms of rest?

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About Jeane N. Liburd, MA, CCLS

About Jeane N. Liburd, MA, CCLS Jeané Liburd has worked in the field of child Iife since 2005. She earned a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and is trained in play therapy. She currently serves as an adjunct instructor for Liberty University. Throughout her career, she has provided services for children and families in various settings including hospitals, pediatric hospice, and community programs. The focus of her work is supporting children and families who have experienced illness, grief, and loss.