Moms are pretty much on duty 24/7. I should know; I am one, and I filled in for my mom while she worked when I was a kid. There's a big difference between the two, but the heavy feeling of responsibility is there in both cases. Moms, however, don't get days off, whether they're sick or not, and psychologists say it's important for them to take mom-cations, or vacations away from parenting.
In theory, this sounds like a great idea to me, but in practice, I know I'm better without it. When I take days off, it's harder to get back into the groove; it's much easier to keep my plates spinning. "Yes," a doctor will tell me, "That just means you need to schedule more!" But who has the time or the budget for that kind of thing? For those who do, great--for those who don't, I would argue that a strong support network with regular help is more helpful than some "mom-cation."
What do you think? Do you feel and do better after having a vacation from parenthood or do you think they don't help much? Share your thoughts in the chat.