By Charlotte Hilton Anderson, REDBOOK
Kids: you love the pants off them, but sometimes you'd like it if they weren't trying to pull yours off. (Anyone else accidentally get de-pantsed by a clingy toddler? No? Maybe I need better fitting pants.) All of our responsibilities can make getting some "me" time really difficult, but we moms are known for our ingenuity. Here are 10 ways real moms use to get a little break:
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1. Go to the bathroom. Bring your Kindle or a crossword puzzle, and sit on the floor until little bladders need to use the room. Time off: 10 minutes, depending on when the last sippy cup was downed.
2. Grocery shopping. It's like retail therapy you don't have to feel guilty about (Look at all that fresh produce!) as you stroll up and down each aisle-whether you need anything in "International Foods" or not. Time off: 1 hour, or until Target closes.
3. Give yourself a time out. Time outs aren't just good for kids! When I'm feeling particularly overwhelmed, I put myself in time out in my closet and shut the door. Reorganizing my shoes can be very zen.
4. Take the long way home. Yes you promised to come straight home after the post office, but surely your husband will understand that you can't get out of the car until "Party Rockers" is over. Time off: 6 minutes, if the next song is a good one too.
5. Exercise. Lots of gyms offer free childcare, which is the main reason I even started working out. A hard slog on the elliptical feels like a vacation compared to being run ragged by toddlers. Time off: 45 minutes, plus you get to listen to all your own tunes.
6. Couple time. This is what door locks were invented for, right? Time off: umm...
7. Folding laundry. Strangely, whenever I pull out the baskets of laundry and ask who wants to help, everyone disappears! All the better to watch So You Think You Can Dance in peace. Time off: 30 minutes, until the kids are jumping on your piles as if they were freshly raked leaves.
8. Annual doctor or dentist check-up. You used to dread them but laying in a quiet room on a soft chair with a magazine is like a spa treatment these days. So what if stirrups are sometimes involved? Time off: 1 hour (or 2, if your blood work comes back abnormal).
9. Bath time. I haven't met a preschooler yet who doesn't strip naked and run to the tub at the mere mention of bath time. Grab plenty of bath toys for him and a magazine for you and plant yourself next to the tub. Time off: 20 minutes, more if he likes getting "pruney."
10. Girls' Night Out. The best option of them all! Every mom needs some time with her girls to have some adult food and conversation. Besides, you can't miss your kids if you're never gone! Time off: 6 hours, if you have a really good babysitter.
Charlotte Hilton Andersen is a mom of 5 and the author of the book The Great Fitness Experiment: One Year of Trying Everything and the blog of the same name.
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