As parents, we are not overly selfish. We devote nearly every waking hour of every single day to our family. I spend very little time away from my brood and I don't necessarily believe it is a good thing. It has just been so difficult to find a balance and particularly challenging with our youngest babe since she has not taken a bottle nor does she go to sleep and stay down for the night. There are times when I long for the freedom to just get away and not be on the clock!
We were fortunate to escape for a few hours over the weekend. We joined several of our neighbors for a night out at a local restaurant. It was nice to get away for a bit and get to know some of our neighbors a bit better. Spending time without the children is important. I just wish it were easier to do. We have yet to find a sitter other than grandparents, but even when we do, we will have to work a night out into the budget since paying a babysitter to watch our four kids will not be cheap!
A huge part of this process is working to improve our life as a family. Incorporating time away from the kids is so very, very important. Are you good about taking time away?