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Just five minutes of peace please

Uploaded: Jul 14, 2015
Earlier this summer my kids and I flew out to visit my parents. They kept a bunch of toys and books from when I was a kid for my little ones to enjoy. I am very lucky that they also gave me a big pile of books to take back with us to California. One of the books that I remember my mom reading over and over again to me as a kid is called Five Minutes Peace.

If you haven't read it, Five Minutes Peace is about a mother elephant who wants five minutes peace away from her little ones; however, she struggles to get it. Her kids just keep intruding. One thing I remember about this book is not catching its not-so-subtle message that parents need breaks too. I just remember finding the kids' interruptions funny.

As a mother, I'm enjoying reading this book to my own kids. Not to teach them that I need a break but because the mother's struggles ring true. Yes, as a parent it sometimes is quite challenging to find five minutes for yourself. And sometimes the best thing to do is to find the humor in the chaos (and then schedule a real break for yourself).

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