If you’ve ever fantasized about doing absolutely nothing at all for an extended period of time, you might be a parent who is in desperate need of some me time. Let’s face it, the words parenting and self-care go together like kids and a clean house. Or DJ Khaled and not saying his name in every song he mixes. What I’m trying to say is, they don’t go together, at least not naturally.
We went over unconventional methods of self-care in my previous post The Desperate Mom’s Guide to Self-Care, and today I’m hitting you up with a barrage of memes that spell out what self-care (or lack thereof) looks like as a parent. It’s a popular topic in the parenting community because WHO THE HECK ACTUALLY HAS TIME FOR THIS??
- Maybe lavender would be more calming if you were hiding from your kids in a lavender field for a week. Or you could try this:
2. Self-care as a parent is best when setting the bar low, and then lowering it more, and then throwing the bar away all together and hoping for a miracle.
3. Even though you might not have time for self-care or sitting in a chair, you might have time to fantasize about it often, which is basically the same thing, right?
4. If online shopping, binge watching Netflix and inappropriate humor are wrong, I don’t want to be right. And if this list isn’t self-care as a parent, I don’t know what is.
5. Night time me is so ambitious; morning me is more realistic.
6. Some may call this an unhealthy coping mechanism, but you don’t need to hear that kind of negativity in your life, it’s self-care.
Via @oldkidsbooks and @neverendingmommy
7. The best plans are no plans. Because sitting in your bed by yourself is self-care.
8. I’d hang out in a manure farm if it meant I got to be alone for an hour. Okay maybe not a manure farm, but you get my drift.
9. I pay $30 a month to have the occasional uninterrupted shower and I’m not mad about it.
10. Self-care is what the Doctor ordered, too bad he didn’t have a script for it.
11. I prefer my pizza in my belly but this self-care aromatherapy bath looks (and probably smells) like heaven.
12. When you’re a parent, anything can be self-care if you really believe in yourself.
13. When you get one self care appointment for the year, you need the all inclusive package.
14. Sure yoga is cool, but have you tried a tranquilizer?
15. Tropical getaways have a new definition when you’re a parent.
16. I’m not saying luxuries change after kids, but actually I am saying luxuries change after kids.
17. &18. Whether you booze and meditate or booze and rage, I’m not judging your self-care routine.
Via @mom.wine.repeat and @macaroniandmomjeans
19. I don’t care, burn the house down, I’ll make s’mores.
20. It’s only rock bottom if you’re parked at the edge of a cliff, you’re good boo.
21. CRAP. See also: WORTH IT
22. Parenting: if you want uninterrupted self-care, you might want to try an induced coma.
23. I think this is actually the definition of self-care in the Webster’s dictionary.
24. Why not take advantage of those first few months when your baby is a potato and bring them along for Botox appointments.
25. If you’re taking notes, there’s a lot of hiding and very little seeking in the parent self-care game.
26. Them: tell me your wildest fantasy
27. Spoiler alert: you don’t get to relax
28. So many mythical creatures, so little time.
29. Take my money! WHERE DO WE SIGN UP FOR THIS?
30. Lonely? Nah, this sounds like the definition of heaven.
Via @katiebinghamsmith and @fromthebottomofmypurse
31. Take notes: these are the real MVP’s when it comes to gifts for a mom.
32. Parenting: where you’re willing to lose your limbs for a few minutes of alone time.
33. Speaking of hiding in the bathroom, did you bring snacks?
34. Not everyone can afford a hotel, stop judging me Carol.
35. Funny you mention it, I’m writing this blog post in this exact scenario. *fist bump*