Juggling Being A Mom While Keeping Your Own Identity

Image: Mandy Horetski

Being a mom is hard, but sometimes retaining your identity as a person can be harder.

As soon as I found out I was going to have a baby, I wanted to be the best mom I could be. But I also wanted to retain who I was as a person.

I’ve been a geek all my life, and I really wanted to retain that part of me after I became a mom. I’ve managed to do so, but I never realized how hard it was going to be.

My days are now mostly focused on my toddler, and I find that I watch more  cartoons than sci-fi shows (though I am currently trying to watch my way through Battlestar Galactica). Some days I struggle to remember that I’m a Mandy person and not just a Mandy Mom.

Yesterday, I got to go to a local con without my toddler and then I got to go to a going away party without my toddler, and it was awesome! It’s really something I haven’t done a long time and it reminded me that I really do need breaks away from my child.

Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mom. But it was really nice to get out of the house and not have to worry what mischief my daughter is getting into, or worrying about leaving because she’s tired.

What do you do to get a break from your kids?

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