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Would You Rather Read About Mommy Time or Take It?

There's buzz about the new book, If You Give a Mom a Martini ($12). Written by two mothers looking for ways to sneak in 10-minute intervals of me time while raising their kids, the text offers readers 100 ways to spend their time from having a quickie with the hubby to taking the long way home and rocking out to music in the car. While it's a clever concept, I'm curious if any mama is so far submerged in her children's lives that she needs obvious suggestions for how to fill free gaps. Flipping the pages to digest the offerings takes up about 30 minutes, three intervals I'd rather spend tackling my wish list of to-dos. Here's a few off the top of my head.

  • Build a sandcastle on the beach at sunset.
  • Sit and watch how peacefully my children are when they sleep.
  • Drop what I'm doing and give my kids my full undivided attention.
  • Zone out.
  • Have an uninterrupted telephone conversation.
  • Donate the bags of clothes I have bagged for giveaway.
  • Make homemade peitit fours with my daughter.
  • Play dinosaurs with my son.
  • Film a fun Father's Day video with my kids for their daddy.
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lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Lil, all of the things you listed are great things to do, but I wouldn't really consider most of them "me time" sort of things. The majority of them still involve your children, so maybe you're the mama who's fully emerged in your childrens' needs.
missmotorcade missmotorcade 7 years
I think there are a lot of mamas who are so consumed with their kids' lives that they don't even think about taking time for themselves - let alone coming up with things to do if they were to get 10 free minutes. The short, witty, snarky tips are easy to read and, as the authors say in the into, are merely suggestions - they invite the reader to be inspired by the tips and make them their own. They even have a section on the book's website inviting readers to share their own fave 10 min "time out" with all the world. The authors also mention that the book isn't necessarily meant to be read cover to cover - it's something to pick up and flip thru - get inspired by the tips and keep one in mind for your 10 free minutes when you find them. It's not literature, and it's not meant to be - it's a fun, funny, cute book that's meant - by its very existence - to remind moms to take time for themselves. Something not all mamas remember to do.
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