Where to hide from your kids when you've had enough
So just to be clear, I’m not condoning hiding from your child if they are hurt, need to go to the toilet, or have any urgent problem. I’m just referring to getting 10 minutes (or even 5!) to yourself. I’ve been with my kids 24/7 now for going on 4 weeks and gee I love them, but it’s a LOT!
If your child is crying frantically, I do not recommend “hiding” from them. These tips are just for avoiding the whingey times where your child could just help themselves or move on with their perceived need for their parent.I’ve found myself coming up with some creative ways to be alone for a few minutes, and I thought I’d share them here with you.
1. The spare bedroom or office
If you have a spare bedroom, office or room that doesn’t get used much, sneak in there with your phone for a social media browse, a snack (but not noisy chips, that’s bound to bring them running!) or a book. I like to sit on the bed with a few pillows behind me (and sometimes snuggle under the duvet). I can usually get ten minutes at least before they hunt me down!
3. The bathroom
The bathroom in my house is the only room with a lock. So I CAN lock myself in. The only problem with this is, if the kids come along they know I’m in there when they can’t open the door. It depends how persistent they are, usually if I tell my kids I am in the bathroom or shower they will wander off after a minute or two. My husband seems to be a master of using the bathroom to escape, he seems to spend an inordinate amount of time in there with his phone! I need to do it myself more I reckon!
You can possibly get away with this one for a more extended period. To make it even better, if you have outdoor chairs, move one to a place the kids can’t easily see you if they pop their head out the door. The other day I moved a chair on our balcony away from the view of the windows and doors and the kids didn’t come out for 30 minutes! (They actually did check once, and didn’t see me!).
This day it worked for a few minutes, with wine!... But see who's coming out the door!
5. The Bedroom
This one isn’t really a stealth move as much as one for reasoning with the kids, it has about a 50% success rate in my experience. I tell my kids I need a rest and go into my room. If they are engrossed in the TV or an activity I can sometimes get 20 minutes to myself, but if they think they “need” me, then they are often jumping on me 2 minutes later. Bit hit and miss, but worth a try.
Found me again!
6. The car
If your partner is home and the kids won’t be alone where you can’t hear them, hiding in the car is awesome! You can also use this if you go to the shop and get home, and don’t feel like going inside to deal with the onslaught of requests. Just sit in the car and chill, listen to music or a podcast, read social media or an e-book on your phone. Another trick, get yourself a sneaky snack from the supermarket and eat it in the car before you go inside so the kids don’t steal half of it! Magnum anyone?
I hope you can manage to try some of these and get a break!
You could also just tell your partner you are losing your mind a need some time alone, you could have a video conference with a friend and a beverage (or three).
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