Why Mommy Needs a Pedicure

Why Mommy Needs a Pedicure | A lesson in practicing self-care as a mom

Mommy needs a pedicure.  Every time I slip off my socks, I notice the chipped polish.  Then I see the cracked heels.  It’s a reminder that I need to take care of myself.  However, going to the nail salon is at the very bottom of my list of priorities.

I am lucky if I’m successful at grooming my kids’ nails each week.  And let me tell you, when I finally get to the job, it’s no picnic.  It’s like wrestling a couple of alligators.  I usually come out with a few bruises and scratches.  After that, the last thing on my mind is painting my own toes.

I need someone to take care of me for once.  I need to be pampered.  

I used to feel bad.  Leaving my kids to do something for myself ignites the mom guilt fire in my loins.  Since becoming a mother, going to the nail salon has always felt like a selfish luxury.  But when I stop and think about it, there are so many “luxuries” we give up when we become mothers.  An afternoon catnap?  Those days are long gone.  A trip to Sephora to replenish my makeup supply?  I’m lucky if I can sneak a new lipgloss into my Target cart, between the Pull-Ups and Annie’s Bunny Grahams.

The truth is, the little things that used to be parts of my normal routine, I now consider luxuries.  But why?  Why can’t I still enjoy life’s simple pleasures, like getting the occasional pedicure?  I’ve never deserved a little self care more than I do now.  I’m tired.  I put everyone else first.  It’s time I do something for myself.  Mommy needs a pedicure.  And guess what?  Mommy’s treating herself to a damn pedicure!

And while I’m at it, I’m getting a manicure, too.

17 thoughts on “Why Mommy Needs a Pedicure

  1. I need a pedicure, too…and usually end up doing the job myself. Heading out and having someone else do it for me isn’t my first thought, but it’s important! Do you tend to do bold colors at this time of the year…or do you keep it subdued?

    1. It’s so important! At this time of year, I tend to keep it to pastels. Once flip flop season rolls around, you’ll see me sporting more bold colors. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. It is funny how previous necessities are now guilt inducing luxuries. I love a good pedicure but I find myself painting my own toenails more often than not.

  3. I get my nails done every two weeks and it is my little way to get away and have some me time. It is much needed! Sometimes I paint my own toes but most of the time the kids don’t leave me alone long enough for me to do it myself lol

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