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Taking care of yourself is NOT a luxury, it is a necessity.

In 1985, I was so stressed out, I believed, you should NEVER use physical punishment, but I had spanked my child.
I confessed to my doctor and he referred me to an organization the could help.

In 1985, California's DCFS had a "Respite Program" & I was accepted.

The Rules for a Respite Program participant.

I was required to have a licensed/approved babysitter take care of all my children, only 2 for me.
I was required to have the sitter take over my responsibilities for 4 hours, once a week.

I was required to have the same exact day each week AND the same four hours each week.

I was required to agree that I would NOT do any chores or any errands DURING THAT 4 HOURS.
It was suggested that I start out the program, by spending r hours at the local park.
I MUST use those 4 hours ONLY to do "Fun" things.

Everyone's "Fun" activities are different, so 4 hours just enjoying a view (the park) will help you to discover OR Re-discover your "Fun" choices.

The program lasted 3 months with a possible 3 more months.
The program was " just what the doctor

Ordered", it worked wonders.

In 1991, I discovered an acquaintance that was in dire need of Respite Care.
She suffered from "Chronic Stress".

I provided her with the rules and volunteered to be her replacement.
She agreed, 4 months later, she was a totally different and much happier and healthier person and mother.
My 4 hours per week of "Respite Care" has greatly improved my quality of life.
by MsDomesticEngineer007 November 15, 2016
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Temporary institutional care of a dependent elderly, ill, or handicapped person, providing relief for their usual caregivers. - Source: Google Dictionary
"Lauren is going to apply for a respite care position."
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