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How About Mommy Rehab?

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NYC Moms blogger Melissa, mother of two, is in desperate need of 'me' time.


It seems like every time I turn on the television or open a magazine, there's a newsy alert that yet another celebrity has entered rehab. Imagine having unlimited funds and hand-servants to do your bidding--and still not being able to handle all the pressure! What about all us regular Moms, trying to stay on this treadmill of tending to our children's every need and desire while attempting to successfully balance a career, still remain a skinny minnie--okay that is one thing I am SO over!--and have a fantastic relationship with our spouse! You know what I'd really love...a Mommy rehab! 

Because despite the fact that I love my kids to death--heck I went through major agony; infertility treatments, way more needles than I ever thought I could endure, poking and prodding to finally conceive my son--all these expectations are overwhelming!

If I could create the perfect rehab setting it would be; an hour long venting session with other mommies who, like me, finally had a place where they could honestly admit that sometimes, they would rather be doing anything but playing blocks with their kids, coloring pictures or reading Dr. Seuss--just writing that down I am afraid the bad mommy brigade is going to come and take my kids away from me!

Then there would be two hours to do whatever you wanted--which, in my case, would be to actually read the last six issues of O magazine, cover to cover-- and then take a yoga or Pilate's class for the very first time, and FORCE myself to finally learn how to relax and maybe even get even a little meditation in.

But I'm sure by the time the sky turned dark, my mind would begin to wander and I'd begin to miss my daughter's sweet cherubic cheeks, her bear hugs, the way her glasses slide down her nose and resembles an old lady wearing bifocals, and I'd miss my son imploring me to kiss and hug him--and sneak him some Hershey's chocolate kisses...

Okay...I'll settle for Mommy rehab once a week for two hours. What would your favorite "rehab" activities be?

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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
Lori March 2, 2008, 9:42 AM

My favorite mommy-rehab would be taking a quiet walk through the woods and meditating. I have a girlfriend who goes to two-week “Buhdda-camps” where they do walking meditations, silent days and mindfulness workshops. I’m so jealous!

Susan P. March 2, 2008, 9:54 AM

I would sleep in peace and not feel guilty about it!

kristy March 2, 2008, 11:20 AM

Four hours of sleep.

tracy March 2, 2008, 12:09 PM

I would spend my mommy time sleeping, my husband thinks that because i am a stay at home mother of 2 girls 5 and 2 that i spend my day playing video games and just sit on the couch all day…. FAR FROM THAT….. non stop action in this house… so i would sleep and NOT feel guilty, just like Susan P. said… zzzzz

Anonymous January 1, 2009, 5:15 PM

I would kayak, mountain bike, do yoga, take a kickboxing class, read a great book and/or meditate…depending on how much time I had. Why don’t we start a mommy rehab?

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