Moms shouldn’t feel guilty about personal time

By Anita Doberman

I recently made plans to go see a movie with a friend and scheduled a babysitter to watch my five children for a couple of hours. When the time to leave came, I felt terrible because all the kids were crying and seemed so unhappy to see mommy leave.

I went anyway, of course, because I needed a break. I have learned that if I don’t take some time for myself, I am more impatient, irritable and tired — basically, I become an inefficient mom.