I am a stay at home mum to two children. I have a husband and a cat. I am responsible for the cleaning, looking after everyone, most of the cooking and just about everything else, apart from the gardening! I am not green fingered at all.
I do spend a lot of time at home. I don't need to leave the house each day to go to work. The nursery run, a trip to the post office or the park is about as exciting as it gets.
Its quite a hard thing to deal with having everyone in your house depending on you. I love it but it can be hard. I rarely get anytime to myself. Wherever I am in the house there's always someone with me. Everywhere except the bathroom, most of the time anyway!
UK Bathrooms have recently done some research around stay-at-home parents and which room they spend most of their time in. The most popular were the kitchen, bedroom and the bathroom. They also found that 68% of people who said the bathroom admitted it was because that was the only room in the house where they can get total peace and quiet. 83% of people admitted that they often go to the bathroom for a few minutes peace. I am totally one of them and I know that Mark is too.
I'm not ashamed to admit that I regularly go and sit in the bathroom for a few minutes peace. Mostly after dinner is over and the kids are winding down for bed. Its nice to get 5-10 minutes peace before the bedtime craziness starts.
If I went to the kitchen i'd be constantly cleaning or making snacks or drinks. If I went to the bedroom i'd probably make myself fold the mountain of laundry that always piles up but in the bathroom there isn't much to do so I can sit on Paige's little stool and just relax, if only for 5 minutes.
We all need time to rest and relax. Me time. With children it gets put on the back burner quite a lot of the time but it is really important. I love nothing more than a long soak in a big bubble bath while the kids are asleep. The whole house is silent and still. I feel like that's the only time that I can truly relax.
Do you escape to the bathroom for 5 minutes peace?