‘It’s because I’m breaking that I say I need a break.’ ‘A break so I can reassemble my pieces and be the mother I want to be.’ Mom explains what it means when she says, “I need a break.”

“When I say I need a break, I mean it.”

I’m not implying that I don’t care for my family.

I’m implying that going to the bathroom in front of a crowd can become tedious after a while.

When I say that I need a break, I mean it.

I’m not implying that I wish I didn’t have kids.

I’m implying that it would be lovely to put on make-up and feel good without having to pry foundation from someone’s teeny-tiny hand.

When I say that I need a break, I mean it.

While a vacation would be good, I’m not saying I want one.

I’m taking a shower without having to leave because someone is weeping or their head is pressed against the screen. It would be fantastic to shave my lady bits in front of no one.

When I say that I need a break, I mean it.

I’m not suggesting I should go out more; I’m just saying it would be good to be free of the stress of it all.

When I say I require a break, it’s because I need one.

I need some time to be myself. That isn’t a case of borrowing time without the weight of obligation, pressure, or guilt.

For a brief while, I need to be myself. That’s what I mean when I say I need a break: I need a break from being needed so that I may be myself.

As a result, I’ll be able to put my parts back together, grow stronger, and be the mother I want to be.”

Courtesy Laura Mazza

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