Parenting Tips To Getting That ‘Me Time’ (You’ll Go Insane If You Don’t!)
What me time? you ask with a stink face expression as if Eloise has lost her dang mind. As a parent it’s rare to get in this fable, non-realistic, only a dream ‘me time’ (especially single parents out there!) Yet, there are clever REAL ways to out wit the parenting lifestyle of not having a minutes peace… Over the years you get pretty smart on HOW to get that much-needed ‘Me Time.’ And I have a couple of tricks up my sleeve that I’ll share with you…
Hiding In The Bathroom Doesn’t Work!
Once upon a time we thought going into the bathroom just to stand or sit quietly with the door shut would be enough to give us a break, but no, this does not work my friends! The door shut only means, I must open this and ask ‘Mom, why is the door shut? I need this and that, as they give you the look of ‘chop-chop woman, I’ve got a day to get on with! So the bathroom doesn’t hide you, hmmm… what to do now?!
Try This Instead!
Give your entire family the scary glare of death, much like Clint Eastwood, OR you can even try the ‘I’m going to hurt you’ look like Bruce Willis’ intimidating quiet stare (women style for you moms). They will automatically run the other way with their tails between their legs. They might think you’re Hangry and make you some food as they place the plate outside the door and give it a quick knock and leave before you open it. Now you can eat in bed ALONE, how awesome!
Acting Sick Doesn’t Work!
Just like in those lovely commercials on TV, moms and dads do NOT get sick days from parenting, so faking sickness is no different… you’re always needed!
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Try This Instead!
Put in an awesome movie that they just can’t help but to sit on that couch of yours and watch with a few crowd pleasing snacks (this will give you ‘Me Time’ up the WhaZoo!) Parents catch on to this particular tip faster than the superhero Flash!
Saying You Have A Few Errands To Run Can Backfire!
You think, ‘Ha! I’ve got it!’ I’ll just tell the spouse and the kids I have to run a few errands mwah haha (evil laugh in your head of course!) When suddenly the clever spouse says, ‘great! you can take the kids with you to get them out of the house and so I can do this and that while you’re all gone!’ BOOM! they got you with their amazing smirk of ‘Nice try you!’
Try This Instead!
Make a TO-Do List for the day. ‘Okay everybody’ you start to say… ‘I have made this To-Do List and who wants to help me get it all done today?’
Did everyone all of a sudden have plans that didn’t include YOU or being in the HOUSE? huh?! what did I tell you?! (mission accomplished) When they leave, crack open a beer or pour that glass of wine, put on your favorite music and chill out or dance OR take a bath with your amazing bath bombs… when they return say ‘oh, well I was waiting for you guys to help me tackle these tasks.
Overall, being a parent is AWESOME, SPECTACULAR, FUN, REWARDING… the list goes on with how wonderful it truly is to be a parent and have a family (it’s a BLESSING!) But sometimes you feel overwhelmed and in need of a timeout, to lock yourself in a room and wish to be alone, and that’s okay! We’ve all felt that way from time to time. Don’t feel guilty or bad with this thought, instead give yourself a break by trying my smart tips.
Take care readers!
Like this post? check out the famous post written by the one and only ‘Eloise’ To Parents Who Have Had A Rough Day.
Also, Parenting 101: The Art Of Distracting is a crowd favorite to0!
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