What is a 'momcation'?
NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - Motherhood is a full-time job with constant overtime and limited breaks. Mothers are regularly on the go and the demands can be overwhelming.
Dr. Nava Silton, a psychology professor, says that moms often need a recharge.
"Motherhood can be very stressful—whether it's financial stresses, time stresses, just trying to get a whole lot done in a very short period of time," she says. "I think it's really important for mothers to be rejuvenated and refreshed."
Moms are taking the much-needed time for themselves with a so-called momcation—a vacation with other moms who understand the need for me time.
"It was a great experience," Judy Khosh said. "I'm glad I did it."
Khosh is a mom of two boys and knows what it feels like to be on call 24/7.
"It's nonstop. We're at this activity, that activity, this sport, this class," she said. "It's constant go, go, go."
A close friend convinced Khosh to take time for herself.
"We were talking and she said, 'You know, I always go on these mom trips all the time, why don't you come?' I kind of laughed at her, like, 'What do you mean a mom trip? I can't leave my kids. I can't leave my husband,'" Khosh said. "'No, no, no—you have to come.'"
For a change, moms are able to do whatever they want or do nothing at all. A momcation typically runs from about two or three days to up to a week. The time off is not only a benefit for Mom but also a benefit for the whole family.
Dr. Silton says that seeing their parents' needs met is good for children.
"It's very important for kids to see that balance that ideally needs to be achieved in a family situation," she says.
"I came back, I was a better mom, a more patient mom, a better wife," Khosh says. "You learn to appreciate what you have at home because you got to have that break from it all."