The importance of mental health days — a time to recharge from burnout and restore from stress — is gaining recognition in the workplace and beyond nowadays.
But on Thursday morning, we learned about one trailblazing mom, who was way ahead of her time when it came to recognizing the benefit of a day off for overburdened school kids.
TODAY's Jenna Bush Hager shared the story of her own mother, Laura Bush.
"You know one thing my mom did, which I hope to do at some point, is she would always give us ... one mental health day like a semester," Jenna, who's a mother of two herself, recalled.
"She could see that we were exhausted," Jenna explained. "She's like, 'OK, we're going to stay home (from school) and we're going to go. I'm going to take you to lunch — and we're going to read together — and we're going to have a day.'"
She added, "And it was just for mental health. I think you kind of need that — even little kids."
"She just put us first," Jenna said of her mom. "Always."