Summer Sanity: Mommy Needs a Time Out! Please Give Me 5


This post is a part of Summer Sanity, a series of posts for parents to gain ideas and inspiration for how to keep their children happy, active, educated and having fun during the long summer months.


This post isn’t about the children, it’s about parents! You need to stay sane this summer, it is important to your child’s happiness!

Are your kids starting to get a bit rangy like mine? Summer is filled with fun, adveneture, learning and more, but let’s face it, we can all get a bit of cabin fever.

Do you ever find yourself thinking, “If only I could have a time out!” Well, why not take one?!


I’ve created the “Please Give Me FIVE” rule that I use when I just require 5 minutes of peace and uninterrupted time to myself. I call it Mommy Needs a Time Out.

If I find myself getting pulled into the drama or if my children are nagging me, asking me question upon question and I just NEED to get a job done (like put away the groceries), I simply stop, put my hand up like I’m giving someone a high five and say, “Mommy Needs a Time Out! Please Give Me FIVE” and my kids know that means to give Mommy a break for five minutes.

It’s amazing how refreshed I can feel after five minutes of peace.

Give it a try in your house and see what you think! Let me know if it works for you. Oh and Dads, don’t be shy! This tip is for you too.

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6 Responses to Summer Sanity: Mommy Needs a Time Out! Please Give Me 5

  1. Play Me Mama says:

    Hahaha, this is a great one! I have to admit I am sending my kids to “Camp Nana” for the week so that I can get some me time and lots and lots of house organization.

  2. Bonnie Way says:

    I know other parents who did this! I totally should start it. 🙂 You’re right that we as parents do need breaks too. Thanks! ~SASS

  3. We are learning about the concept of privacy with my older son so I’ve gotten into the habit of saying mommy needs some privacy right now… it’s almost as good as giving myself a timeout!

  4. Debi Gerhart says:

    Oh man, I would love a time out. My kids do not understand my space at all. And trying to get any sort of space is like asking for them to be right on top of me.

    *SASS

  5. el03ro says:

    August 23-Mommy Needs a Time out!

    This would probably work with children five and over who do not have behavioural or developmental problems. I could not see it working with toddlers and even some children over that with the above problems. I had five children and I don’t remember having to take a time out. I did not tell them. I just took one when needed. Of course, with chldren so close in age, they were able to entertain eazh other and it was rarely a problem.Maybe I was lucky.-el03ro

  6. Olivia L says:

    I need time outs like you wouldn’t believe! But my two year old doesn’t get it and just gets more in my space. Maybe when she’s a bit older.

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