It has come to my attention that many mothers, myself included at times, feel that getting away from the kids once in awhile is a right. It is something that is owed to us. When I recently found this mindset in myself, I was a bit appalled. Not because it’s sinful, necessarily, but it can easily lead to a wrong attitude toward my daughter and my husband.
Have you ever caught yourself getting upset with your children because they won’t leave you alone or need you often? Or perhaps you’ve been angry at your husband because he gets to leave the house to go to work and you’re stuck at home with the kids. Hateful and discontented thoughts begin to creep in.
“Can’t I just make dinner in peace one in awhile?”
“Is the baby crying again?!?”
“Why can’t he watch the kids on his day off so I can have a day off?”
Surely I’m not the only mama that struggles with this at times.
Please realize that I am not saying that moms don’t need to get out once in awhile. I think getting out of the house is helpful in allowing women to rest and re-charge a bit in order to better serve their family. However, I think it is important to view “mommy time” as a privilege, not a right. Like many things it’s a heart issue.
Philippians 2:3-5 says,
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interest of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.”
Let us strive to take care of the needs of our family with a heart of humility, so that our mommy time will truly be a blessed privilege.
Do you believe mommy time is a right or privilege?