Remember that book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie? I do. I don’t remember what happens exactly if you give a mouse a cookie, but I have a little story inside my head today called “If You Give a Mom a Minute.”

Today, I got a minute, actually, like 90 of them. Coffee with my best friend, outside in the fall, in our charming town, at our favorite place. We talked about good things, sad things, planned a trip, caught upour coffee was hot, and we weren’t rushed. Wow. What that did for me this morning.

Here’s the thing, if you give a mom a minute (or 90), you get back so much more. That blissful start to the day motivated me. I checked some errands off that my husband had wanted me to do (the kind of errands I would normally procrastinate). I filled out forms for all the things kid-related this fall. I started a chicken dinner. I picked up. And finally (most importantly) I sent my husband a text saying he could work late and I could just pick up all the kids. Why did I do that? Because when my tank is full, I can help my family.

RELATED: The Ugly Truth of an Overwhelmed Mom and Resentful Wife

Moms are at the heart of the household, their finger on the pulse of everything. Doing most things on an empty tank. Keeping track of the details, remembering the mundane, heading off issues before they arise. It’s really tiring and draining. When I get a minute (or 90) these minutiae don’t seem so daunting, so never-ending, so life-sucking. They seem like my job . . . that I like.

We, as moms, need a minute. Mostly because we won’t take one until everyone else has their needs met, but that’s like never, so it’s this endless cycle of doing for everyone else and neglecting our own needs. This builds over time and causes burnout and resentment, impatience, and a bad temper.

RELATED: When a Mom Says She Needs a Break

No one wants to be crabby or short with our family, but we just need a minute. To decompress, to think about something other than the details of everyone else, what needs to be done, who needs a fire put out. We need quiet to recharge, unwind, calibrate, and get back to baseline, and when we do, the payoff for everyone else is huge.

We can do more with a full tank, a charged battery, a calm mind. When you give a mom a minute, you get back so much more. You get a happy mom, a fun mom, a helpful mom, a motivated mom. It’s so worth it for all involved to just give a mom a minute.

So God Made a Mother book by Leslie Means

If you liked this, you'll love our new book, SO GOD MADE A MOTHER available now!

Order Now

Krystal Sieben

Hi, I'm Krystal. Minnesota wife and mom of three great kids, three rescue dogs, and a Fjord horse named Syver. Former middle school teacher turned nonprofit director. A chance meeting with a special horse changed my path, and I now run Three Little Burdes Nonprofit. Our goal is to provide adults and children of all abilities with an introduction to ponies and horses. Check us out! http://www.instagram.com/three_little_burdes

Everyone Suffers When You Don’t Take Care of Yourself

In: Living, Motherhood
Woman tired on couch with child sitting next to her

The ones who suffer the most when I don’t take care of myself are the ones for whom I deny my self-care. I have always been an overachiever. I push myself to the limits and then some. I used to pride myself in my ability to continue on no matter what. Not enough sleep? No problem. When was the last time I ate? Doesn’t matter. Water? My coffee has ice in it.   In the last couple of years, my ability to push through has weakened. I’ve beaten myself up and tried to force myself to push through. I berated myself...

Keep Reading

I’m a Better Mom When I Get a Break

In: Motherhood
Mom touching noses with child

Dear kids, I don’t want a break from you, but I need one. You see, I never want to leave you wondering where I am when my eyes gloss over and you can tell I have stopped listening to you telling me about your new favorite thing. I don’t want to rush through your bedtime so I can take a shower to try and wash off the heaviness of my day and collapse into an exhausted pile. It’s not fair you have to be quiet and cut our games short because my phone rang and another adult needs my attention...

Keep Reading

If You Give a Mom Some Free Time

In: Motherhood
Mom doing laundry with child looking on

If you give a mom some free time, She’s going to find some laundry to do. When she gathers the clothes,  She’ll probably see her son’s toy. When she takes it to his room, she’ll see his memory book. Then she’ll want to write in it . . .  To make sure she doesn’t get behind. RELATED: To My Mom: I Get It Now When she gets a pen,  She’ll notice an unfinished milk cup. So she’ll probably take it downstairs to wash it.  When she’s finished washing all the dishes,  She’ll want to wipe up all the counters, too. ...

Keep Reading