When I was working full-time outside of the home, if I had a day off, I couldn't wait to spend it with my son. I missed him terribly while at work, so any free time I had was almost always spent with him.
However, I've been discovering that I have many friends who are the total opposite. If they have a day off, they don't hesitate to drop their kids off with a sitter or relative so they can spend the day doing whatever he or she wants.
Don't get me wrong--I totally understand how important it is to get "me" time. It's important for your sanity, for your soul, and just for your overall well-being.
But I was shocked by how many of my friends would actually prefer to spend the day without their kids--whether it's simply to just stay at home alone and relax, or go out shopping, or spend time with friends.
It's these same friends who couldn't wait to go back to work while out on maternity leave.
I DREADED going back to work because I knew I would have major separation anxiety. And sure enough, the first week back to work I found myself crying many times because I missed my son.
However, I did enjoy having "me" time, even if it was at work. After all, like a friend told me, "You actually get a REAL lunch break."
I'm not saying that my friends who would rather spend a day off without their kids are bad parents. They're great parents, and again, I totally understand their desire for wanting to take "me" time.
I was just surprised at how many of my friends would rather spend a day off without their kids...
Are you the same way? Am I really in the minority by preferring to spend a day off with my kids versus without?
Gem is a Hawaii Mom Blogger who posts reviews and giveaways, and blogs about life in Hawaii as a mom of 3 boys, including one with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. She loves to travel, bake, and eat anything with chocolate.