A few days ago, I was sitting at the kitchen table enjoying a cup of tea when my 10-year daughter came up to me with a piece of paper in one hand and her tablet in the other. By the look on her face I could tell there was a question coming. It turns out she was working on an inspiration wall for her bedroom and wanted to run some potential quotes by me to hear my opinion. After reading her choices aloud, she asked if I knew of any inspirational quotes.
The first quote that popped into my mind was, “Nothing is certain except for death and taxes.” Now I must admit that is definitely not the kind of quote that belongs on an inspiration wall. So, I took a deep breath and then shared with her the following quote, “You can’t pour from an empty cup, take care of yourself first.” She looked at me for a moment inquisitively and then said, “Mama, I get it about taking care of yourself but what does an empty cup have to do with anything?” To which I replied, “Honey, it means that if you don’t take care of yourself first then it’s difficult to help others.” At that she nodded, and said, “I think I get it.” I said, “Good, why don’t you go finish in your room so Mommy can fill up her cup.”
After that semi-deep conversation, I started thinking more about the quote that I provided to her. It really is very important to take care of yourself. As parents, we need to find time throughout the day just for ourselves. Sometimes this can be quite challenging.
One of my favorite “Me” activities is to sneak (#MomSneak) in a bit of Netflix every day. Watching 15 or 20 minutes of comedian “Dave Chappelle” or catching an episode of one my favs like “Orange is the New Black” (#OITNB) or “Glow” is all it takes to recharge my batteries. If I’m facing a particularly challenging day I can always watch an episode of “Shameless” or “Weeds” to help bring me back down to earth. Watching those shows make me realize that there are people out there facing much bigger problems than mine.
So, if you are feeling rushed, stressed, or just overwhelmed make sure you #MomSneak some Netflix time. That way you are not walking around with an empty cup.
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We mostly watch when the kids are asleep
Dana Rodriguez says
I sneak in my Netflix shows by going in the bedroom pretending I am going to take a nap 🙂
Jaime Dubey says
I do a #momsneak by taking the tablet in the bathroom! My youngest is 12 and she has Autism, she wonders why mommy has to take 30 minutes to use the bathroom! Shh
evans s says
I don’t really sneak in my shows, I make time to watch shows that I am really interested in. So at 10 pm I can get in a couple episodes of the Walking Dead, Z Nation, or Death in Paradise.
Lisa D says
I sneak in my Netflix during my daughter’s nap! #MomSneak
Tabathia B says
I get my tv time when the kids are in bed or during their tv time
Thomas Murphy says
I watch my shows late at night when everyone is sleeping.
Steve Bobula says
I sneak in NetFlix when I retire for the night. Thanks for being there for us night owls. #MomSneak
Christina O says
Staying up too late binge watching while the kids are in bed.
Sonya Morris says
I wait until my kids go to bed to watch my favorite Netflix shows!
Jen Rodrigues says
I sneak in my netflix shows when everyone is sleeping lol. I need to catch up on my shows.
Julie Wood says
I #MomSneak by getting up early in the morning to watch my favorite shows on Netflix with a Hot cup of coffee! It is so much fun to be alone watching Netflix!
Just “went to the bathroom” for 21 minutes…or how long my current favorite show is! That’s just one of the ways I #MomSneak!
Dan Dykstra says
WE are empty nesters so we don’t have to sneak anything in. Just have to find the extra time which can be difficult in the summer. We like watching the Marvel series Flash.
Will G says
I get my #momsneak on while everyone is sleeping. I like Daredevil.
Holly Thomas says
I wait until everyone is in bed.#MomSneak
I sneak my favorite Netflix shows when I take a bubble bath #MomSneak.
#MomSneak I sneak in tv show watching when I am supposed to be taking a nap.
Amanda Hoffman says
D Schmidt says
I #MomSneak by encouraging my children to rest in their rooms and read silently for an hour on a Sunday afternoon 😉
After the kids go to bed, I put on some TV as background noise while I get things done.
Laura A. says
I sneak my TV shows when the kiddos are taking their afternoon nap. Thank goodness they both still nap because I treasure that “me” time!
Katrina Brockavich says
I don’t currently have any adult shows I watch to #momsneak, but I used to watch them once all the kids were in bed. I guess I need a Netflix subscription to find some good shows again!
Patti Newton says
I get my flix fix on very early in the morning before anyone wakes up
Jessica Rickman says
I sneak my Netflix time in after the kids go to bed. Most nights I loose track of time and end up with only a few hours of sleep… worth it!
Ashley Shippy says
I #MomSneak Netflix time in by pretending I’m using the bathroom! LOl
Annamarie V says
I watch my Netflix’s shows in the morning while my Husband is at the gym. I did get up really early when Gilmore Girls premiered last November to watch it because I had waited so long to see it.
Heather D says
I like to #MomSneak to watch Orange is the New Black, Marco Polo and other shows not suitable for little eyes.
Angella L says
I used to go to the pantry to “organize” of course I would take my phone with me…no one wants to help organize 😉 #MomSneak
Watch during naptime!
I #momsneak when I’m all alone at night 🙂
I sneak watching episodes in between customers while at work
Esti Berkowitz says
I watch while I am on the run – literally – in the am!!
jeremy mclaughlin says
We sneak our shows once the kids are asleep.
amy stonger says
my #momsneak is on the weekends early in the morning when the kids are still sleeping
I #MomSneak watching Netflix after everyone has goe to sleep.
Amanda G says
I sneak in my netflix shows when the kids are napping or playing in their room. Some night when they fall asleep early i can relax and sneak a few more episodes in. #momsneak
I get my #momsneak in late at night when everyone is asleep.
Thomas Murphy says
#MomSneak I watch my netflix shows late at night when every body is sleeping.