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Ask the Pediatrician: Is it OK to need a break from my children?

Dr. Amanda "Bird" Hoffert Gilmartin, American Academy of Pediatrics on

Published in Health & Fitness

Parenting is hard. You give all you've got to love your children and make sure they're safe and thriving. You may not be sleeping well. You haven't had time to yourself. You miss being with other adults.

Every parent has asked themselves this question at some point: Is it OK to take a break from my children?

The daily pressures of juggling work, children and everything else can feel like too much. You might feel even more tired and stressed out.

That is why taking time for yourself is not only good for you, but also good for your children. It's a lot easier to support them when you're refreshed after a little mental and physical break. There is no shame, failure or lack of love in needing time for yourself. We care for others best when we have taken care of ourselves as much as possible.

Here are some ways you can do this:

— Spend time with a friend in person or on the phone


— Take a walk

— Try meditation or breathing exercises

— Run out for a favorite treat

— Schedule an activity with someone you love


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