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Moms! Tell us YOUR favorite way to take a few minutes alone…


  1. When no one is looking, hide. It will send your child on a wild chase, and give you time alone. To take away the guilt, shout “SURPRISE” when you’re child finds you. This makes it seem like you were playing a game all alone.

    Keonte' Smith on April 7th, 2009 5:23 pm
  2. OK, I’m not a mom but I have a husband and two very needy cats, does that count? I vote for watching Lifetime made for TV movies (the Nora Roberts tribute collection is a great time). Especially if your husband is an avid watcher of golf and baseball…..UGH. Thank God for two TVs.

    kenna on April 13th, 2009 5:39 pm
  3. Correction made from the other post:

    When no one is looking, hide. It will send your child on a wild chase, and give you time alone. To take away the guilt, shout “SURPRISE” when your child finds you. This makes it seem like you were playing a game all along.

    Keonte' on April 20th, 2009 5:00 pm
  4. Being a WAHM and also a princes at heart :D I find that getting my “me” time can be hard! The only thing that saves me, honestly, is saying to myself “Twitter, Facebook, blogging, clients, Quickbooks, laundry, and everything else will STILL be there a half an hour AFTER I meditate! I happen to meditate for a half hour every day, but if it’s something else that floats your boat, or soothes your soul, then just TAKE IT! Just a little, quick hiatus. That is all that I need really and, surprise, surprise, everything is still there when I return! Happy “me” time to all!

    Sharon Chase "Princess Sharon" on May 5th, 2009 1:09 pm
  5. 10 minutes alone? All I need is 4. No, not that… I put my headphones on and jam to my first dance song from my wedding. Romeo’s Tune by Steve Forbert. Brings pre-kiddie memories flooding back - the days where I slept until 10, worked out every day, went to the bathroom alone and there was only one kind of “Wiiiine” in my life. Plus, the song gets me buggying and smiling so much that i wouldn’t even mind if my kids walked in on me and joined me in my dance-off!

    rebecca shaw on May 20th, 2009 8:19 pm
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    Lianifysaila on May 24th, 2009 9:27 am
  7. I tell my husband that I have to “go to the bathroom” (I don’t actually NEED to go… I just need to escape for 5 minutes!!!) so he has to keep an eye on my 19 month old. I then sneak my phone or a book into the bathroom with me! I lock the door and enjoy my few minutes of peace.

    Tara on May 25th, 2009 3:36 am
  8. I just joined a gym, not to work out but for the free day care. I workout for twenty minutes and then shower for another 20 and read magazines, tweeze my eyebrows, dry my hair for the remaining 90 minutes. I may get odd looks from the other women, but I don’t care. It’s HEAVEN.

    Scary Mommy on May 26th, 2009 9:50 am
  9. I hide the bread, tell my hubby we are out and I will just run to the gas station to get more, but drive around for a half hour or so in peace and quiet. The when I get home if he asks what took so long, I stick with the got stuck by a train excuse.

    Jen on May 27th, 2009 12:19 pm
  10. I had no trouble getting my ten minutes. I asked for it and everyone knew if they wanted a happy, smiling, caregiving, loving and nurturing mom, they knew to give me my 10 minutes of peace and quiet. Leading by example is always a good thing. Also, asking for and giving hugs is a wonderful thing. If family members HAVE to give you a hug, they know to give you 10 minutes of downtime, as well!

    Leslie Kuerbitz on May 29th, 2009 6:12 pm
  11. With 3 small children, getting 5 minutes to myself is a challenge to say the least. I have found that when I make the time about the kids they tend to enjoy it themselves.

    I let them know it is quiet time, and to get their books, lovies and anything else they need. Then we have a contest, the one who is quiet the longest wins a prize.

    Yes I know this is bribery, and I am fine with that. It works every time ~ we can go as long as 45 minutes ~ it is bliss!

    Colleen Leader on June 8th, 2009 6:11 am
  12. When I really need some downtime I just ask my DH to take the kiddos and he’s happy to help. He’s a great, hands-on dad who doesn’t mind taking them to the park and even dinner, if need. It’s a win-win and we all come back a little happier (and some of us get worn out to boot).

    Michele Little on July 1st, 2009 5:31 am
  13. I always have my kids. I have 12yr old, 6yr old girls and a 6 month’s old baby boy. I’m BUSY!!! Seam’s if I can just get through the day is my goal. How I get my “ME” time is when I’m actually doing chores… yes, I said it, chores. I crank up the music (not too loud if the baby is asleep) and tell the older girls to go to their room’s or entertain their little brother and dance around the house as I do the cleaning, laundry, dishes vacuuming whatever. I’m also working out due to the dancing and shaking my hips :) Ahhh what a life!


    Monica Nation on July 21st, 2009 8:59 am
  14. During the summer, I let the kids watch cartoons for 30 minutes at some point in the afternoon (we are a nap-free house, unfortunately). Sometimes I clean and do chores, but sometimes I’ll meditate for 10 min. or make a cup of tea (even in the brutal NC summers) and read, read, read.

    Anne Aylin on August 23rd, 2009 1:56 pm