In Brisbane, I heard the phrase 'Nurture the nurturer'. Meaning, if the mother is not nurtured/pampered/taken care of/given time to herself, she WILL NOT be able to do her mothering job.
It is so true. I think my mother would have benefited from hearing this phrase back when we were kids. Somehow, I get the impression that many mothers from her time operated in the giving mode all the time without taking any time for themselves.....and then later on, lament the fact. Or perhaps the lamenting would manifest itself in periodic blowouts.
It happens with today's mothers too but I believe that many more women are taking countermeasures. A day at the spa, lunch with friends, online businesses, blogging (ha! ha!). Basically having non-baby related activities. I'm not saying that this solves all household problems but it does help to unwind a person and so keep things balanced.
Anyway, that whole lead up was to tell you all that I had a wonderful time getting foot reflexology and a manicure AT THE SAME TIME. One person at my feet and one person at my hands. I have been nurtured and now I'm happy to be back at work.
p/s The good thing about living in Palembang is that this sort of nurturing only cost me USD6.64.