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As I watched my husband, Dave, slogging away in the yard full of cold, I begged him to come inside and take a break.
He and the kids have been battling colds, viruses, infections – you name it, since winter reared its miserable head, yet he refuses to sit still and let his body mend.
There is no such thing as man flu as far as Dave’s concerned. He powers on without a complaint claiming that sweating it out in the yard will do him good.
He’s working huge hours in front of the computer during the week rarely getting home in time to kiss his babes goodnight and in his ‘spare’ time on the weekend, just for kicks, he likes to build decks and retaining walls, and do a spot of landscaping.
The guy never stops.
It struck me the other day that while I’m always banging on about ‘me time’ and ensuring I indulge in daily self-care to help me be a better, happier, healthier and more patient mum and wife, I can’t remember the last time Dave did the same.
Seriously Dave, when it comes to taking time out for yourself, you ain’t got no clue.
Just like mums, dads need their time out too.
I asked Dave what he thought about ‘me time’ and he looked at me blankly.
He had no idea what I was on about.
‘Time for you, to do what you like, just for you, like paddling and climbing and all of that stuff you used to do pre-kids … remember?’ I said.
His response after a lengthy pause was a mumbled, ‘… working in the yard’.
Umm … wrong answer, Dave.
It’s time you had some proper ‘me time’.
So, last weekend I asked Dave to list five things he wanted to do just for himself over the next little while.
Here’s what he came up with:
- Bledisloe Cup boys’ night out
Heading to the pub for dinner, drinks and a bit of rugby sounds like the ultimate ‘me time’ for Dave. He was clever with this one too, as there are three Bledisloe matches meaning three nights out. Nice work, Dave.
- Getting a hair cut
It’s not just the women who like to be pampered. Dave loves getting his do done, ‘maxin and relaxin’ in the massage chair and catching up on the latest goss. Oh stop it, you know you do, Dave 😉
- Sunday breakfast with a mate
Nothing beats a big breakfast on a Sunday without kids trying to pinch your bacon and eggs. Breakfast in peace sounds like bliss.
- Sleeping in on the weekend
One of Dave’s favourite things to do is laze about in bed on Saturday and Sunday mornings to watch extreme kayaking or mountain biking or God knows what else while I’m downstairs kid wrangling. I’m affording him a couple of weekends of guilt free and whinge free (from me) time on the tube.
And yes, I know that’s only four, but he couldn’t come up with a fifth one!
What would you add to the list? Does your partner take time out for himself? What is his favourite ‘me time’ activity?
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