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Why Me-Time Matters and How to Get More


This post is sponsored by Sitter.Me and the Motherhood. All opinions are however my own.
Today is my birthday for those who don't know and I hit the big 4-0. Here's to the 40's and I know it's going to be amazing. As a mother of 4 I know what it is to be always on the go. Being a parent is a full time job. You literally work 24/7 and if your child needs something or there is a parenting tasks that needs done, you do it. While it can be a beautiful, rewarding job, it can also be a stressful one. The “never off” aspect of being a parent can take its toll on you over time. This is why it is so important to get that “me time”. On a day like today it is even more important because I live with the motto, you've got to treat yourself.

You give everything to your kids and that’s great but if you don’t take some time to refuel and recharge, you will burn out.

What is Me-Time and Why Is It Important?

“Me time” is the time you get just for yourself to focus on you, the person, the individual. You can stop being a mom or a partner for a while and just be you. What you do with this time is as unique as each person who takes it. You might spend time with a hobby you enjoy, watch TV or movies, read a favorite book, or just rest and relax. You might go to the gym or go for a run. It’s a little moment of solitude in your daily life that allows you to reconnect with who you are.

There are many benefits to getting the me-time you need and deserve. It can help you sleep better at night, reduces stress, allows you time to think and process situations, work through problems and much more. It gives you a “reset” from the daily life and obstacles that may come your way. It can help you to be a more positive person and also to recognize and appreciate the pleasure of your own company.


Me time can also help improve your focus, making you better at tasks once you do return to them. Investing in yourself through quality me time will help you to invest more into your children and your family life. Essentially, it helps you be a better YOU.

How Can You Get More Me-Time?

Okay, so that sounds good and all but how do you actually get this time for yourself? Well, if you’re waiting for the right time or the perfect moment, it’s never coming. You cannot wait for time; you must make the time. When you make me-time a priority, you will reap the rewards.

So here are some ways to get more me-time:

*Schedule some time each day where you can get alone for a little bit. Maybe it’s when the baby is napping, or when your partner comes home in the evening and takes over for a bit. During this time, don’t do chores or housework but instead, take some “me time”.


*Schedule a date at least once a month (once a week if you can spring it) to hire a babysitting service and just get out for a while. The way that I hire a babysitter is through the Sitter.Me app available in both the Google Play and Apple Store. It is very easy to use. Simply sign up, enter your details, including how many children you have, their age, what you want your babysitter to know and the distance you want your baby sitter be able to travel. In my case I wanted my babysitter to be CPR certified, love animals and also know first aid. I was lucky enough to find 2 awesome babysitter that lived within 15 miles of my house. Booking is super easy and everything is done within the app, including paying for my babysitter for my night out. Just take a look at the video below and see how easy it is.


*Stop feeling guilty about taking time for yourself. The bottom line is that many of us could be taking this time for ourselves already but we don’t because we feel guilty if we do. Let go of that guilt and recognize that this is important and necessary.

And download Sitter.Me and get some Me Time today!


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Let's discuss: Do you have any advice for other parents who want to get a little more me-time into their lives?


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Annmarie John
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  1. It absolutely matters and that is why I make time for myself every single day. It's so important.

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    1. You got that right! It is important and I do the same thing too.

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  2. Happy birthday gorgeous!!! What a perfect post as a present to yourself! Me time is essential- take it as much as you can!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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    1. Thank you Karen and oh you gotta take that time for yourself, it's either that or drive yourself nuts. :)

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  3. This app looks like it would really be helpful if you are traveling. It is very cool!

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    1. Well I'm not so sure about traveling but it sure is a lifesaver if you need someone to babysit the kids when you want to go out.

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  4. I try to make time for myself every day and that includes a bath with the door shut and no distractions. It's the best time of day for me.

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    1. Oh that sound fab! I wish I could say the same. I usually have someone (a 4yr old) knocking wanting something. :)

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  5. What a cool app. Happy birthday, welcome to the 40 club! :) My hubby and I each take a "night off" from kid duty where we can use our me time as we see fit. We've done it for years as we each recognize that we need time to ourselves to recharge. I'm glad to see more people taking advantage of it.

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    1. Oh yes you do need that time. I can't see myself just sitting at home all day, it will totally drive me NUTS!

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  6. Happy birthday! I totally agree with you that you must make time for yourself. Every day is important. Your give away is perfect!

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    1. Thank you Terri and you're right, you must make time for yourself.

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  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU MY SWEET FRIEND!

    I love the nap idea. One can never have too many naps in a big, comfy bed! Now if only those kids and the dog would stay away for a few minutes - I think my dog is the worst! Haha.

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    1. Thank you very much Rachel. Oh you're so right, those nap times come in so handy. I love to call them my power naps. :)

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  8. I'm terrible at taking me-time. I need to do better! Working from home whenever I have extra time I find myself squeezing in more work, but I really need to head to the gym :)

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    1. I think it happens to most work or stay at home moms. Instead of focusing on ourselves, we tend to try and do more work. Our day is never done.

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  9. Me time is very important, if you don't recharge your batteries then you won't be able to give your kids what they need! I look forward to naptime so I can do something, even if it is just for 10 minutes.

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    1. I have to agree with you. If you're tired and burnt out, you don't have the time to dedicate to your kids. You do need to be able to recharge your batteries so to speak.

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  10. Happy Birthday! I am totally on board with me time! I love my daughter but I love when my husband takes me on a childless date too!

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    1. Aren't those the best? Childless dates for the win! :)

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  11. Me-Time is absolutely a necessity! I'm sure that is why I stay up way too late at night..LOL. Our kids aren't small anymore so do not need a sitter but this Sitter.Me app sounds pretty neat.

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    1. Oh I stay up way too late at nights too but I think it's just insomnia for me lol

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  12. Me time is so important! I spend a few minutes by myself every day and it really helps with the stress.

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    1. Oh yes you need it, without it you'll most certainly be stressed out.

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  13. Happy Birthday to you!! I have been a big proponent of me time this year. Summer will be a weird adjustment for me, but I'll find other ways to get that time I've had because of school and daycare.

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    1. Thank you Tamara. I've had Madison all year so it won't be much of a difference and might actually be easier with the summer. The bigger kids will be home and will be able to babysit. :)

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  14. I'm so thankful my boys are old enough to stay home by themselves. We try to have a date night once a week. We love going to the boardwalk for a walk, especially on Friday's when they have the Farmer's Market. We're hoping it'll stop raining soon so we can get down there! Enjoy your 40s! I'm almost out of them. =)

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    1. Oh I'm most certainly going to enjoy them and it's great to hear that you do get that date night. It can be tough with some couples due to jobs etc.

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  15. Me time is so important! I know so many moms that never do anything for themselves and you can see how unhappy they are. Even if it's just a few minutes a day, so something you enjoy. Life will be a lot more happier because of it!

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    1. Oh you will surely be happier if you get some me time for yourself. You've got to take care of yourself. Who else is going to do it for you?

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  16. Sitter.Me can help me to get some me time to enjoy our anniversary date night.

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    1. That would be great! Happy Anniversary to you!

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  17. Me time definitely matters and, as moms, we often forget how important it is to make time for ourselves. I hope your birthday was awesome and that you enjoyed it because you deserve it.

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    1. Thank you Maria, it was amazing and I can't believe it's gone by that quickly. You're absolutely right, us moms usually forget that we need time for ourselves.

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  18. I definetely don't get enough me time. But when I do, I realise how much steam I can let off and just relax - it feels amazing. Great app!

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  19. I think you definitely need some me time to keep yourself sane. I know I have to just get away sometimes and do my own thing.

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    1. Oh I do myself. If I stay at home all day I would just go crazy!

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  20. Happy Birthday! You look great! I don't get enough me time, but I always have a long list of things I plan to do when I get a chance. And then when I get an unexpected surprise when all my kids fall asleep early,what do i do? Work on the blog. I am not sure it can be counted as "me time." LOL

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    1. No I'm not so sure that working on the blog is considered "me time". You need to get out! :)

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  21. This app would save me time finding a sitter so that I can spend more me time!

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    1. Yes it really would! I hope you're able to download it and use it.

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  22. Would be great for road trips, which is what we'll be doing next month. They're never easy.

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    1. Are you planning on having a sitter watch your kids while you're gone? Then if so I could say yes.

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  23. They would help people deal with handling their babies and you can instantly find sitters!

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    1. You've got it! Yes it most certainly would help you find a sitter when you need one.

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  24. I like that they offer sitting services.

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    1. They sure do! Let them help you find that perfect sitter.

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  25. Sitter.me can help me find the best sitter in my area, schedule a day/time, and pay them fast.

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    1. You got it! That is true and now you don't have to worry about anything while out, all you need to do is have a good time.

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