This week I am encouraging all of the moms out there to a Mom Time Challenge. What exactly does that mean? It means that we, as moms, work hard each and every day and deserve a little quality time for ourselves.

I know it can be hard to do sometimes, especially if you are a single mom, a mom to an infant, or a mom to multiple children; but I am one mom that feels having some ME time is extremely important. Luckily, my husband agrees (although I’m pretty sure he’d rather I be home making dinner than off with my girlfriends for dinner and a movie.)

It has definitely gotten easier for me this past year, but when my son was first born, I always felt extremely guilty leaving to go do something for myself. I work full time, so how could I possibly leave him again when I got home or on the weekends? Trying to balance work & family was so hard for me at the beginning, and it certainly still is, but we are trying to make the best of it. At the beginning, in order to do anything for myself I would wait until D was napping before I would leave to quickly get a manicure, pedicure, or hit the gym. Well let me tell you…times have changed. For me, it is extremely important to find quality ME time. Whether it’s a movie with friends, dinner and drinks with co-workers, a spa treatment, etc. (these are just some of my personal favorites), I believe this time alone not only helps me to be a better mom, but helps D learn independence as well.

So no matter what it is, we are challenging all the moms out there to take a well-deserved time out for themselves. Grab a coffee with friends, hit the beach, go shopping, get a manicure or pedicure (or both), treat yourself to a massage, a facial, a movie, lunch with your mom, or a class at the gym…whatever it is, enjoy! Just be sure to let us know what you did or what you do regularly to make time for yourself.