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Ever hide from your kids or fake an emergency grocery store trip just to secure a few moments alone? These real moms share how they find a few precious moments of privacy.
Sarah Bernard is BabyCenter’s Pop Culture & Lifestyle contributor. She covers parenting, health, fitness, fashion, and trends of all kinds. She lives in New York City with her husband and twin girls.
Thanks to moms Jen, Robyn, Karina, Shimeka, Liz, Susan, Diana, Karin, and Vanity.
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Sarah Bernard: It sounds simple, right? Just a little time to read a book, or take a bath. But it is nearly impossible! Why is alone time so hard to come by?
Woman 1: Well, there's always somebody pulling at you or calling for you.
Woman 2: If I leave the house, my phone starts ringing. I seem to be the only one with all the answers.
Sarah Bernard: You have three boys.
Woman 3: Yes.
Sarah Bernard: Do you ever get any alone time at all?
Woman 3: Umm ...
Woman 4: Just try to sneak to the bathroom, but you know, before I do that, somebody's banging on the door.
Woman 5: No, there's no closing the door. Ever.
Woman 1: I haven't peed alone in 3 and a half years.
80 percent of our site moms say they hide out in the bathroom to enjoy peace and quiet.
Woman 5: Actually, I probably would make that 82 percent. I would hide out in the bathroom just to have that moment of alone time. My husband thought I had an issue, but it was really just me surfing the web.
30 percent say they've taken a laptop into the bathroom to check email or surf the web uninterrupted.
Woman 2: I have gone into the closet just to talk on the phone. If my son is just home, I've gone in hidden in my daughter's room.
Woman 1: I've absolutely had to go in my closet to find some privacy. Close the door and hide in the corner, and hope I can get a little like 45-second window out of it before they catch where I am.
Sarah Bernard: So let's say you had 20 minutes to yourself. What is the first thing you would do?
Woman 6: Take a long bath.
Woman 7: Massage.
Woman 6: Take a really, really long bath.
Sarah Bernard: What if you could choose between going out on a date with your partner or sleep?
Woman 6: Probably sleep.
Woman 2: Definitely sleep.
Sarah Bernard: What about going out with your girlfriends or getting some sleep?
Woman 6: Oh, no, go out with my girlfriends.
Sarah Bernard: Really? Your girlfriends always win?
Woman 6: Yeah, they always win.
Woman 1: I think I'd rather go on a date with my girlfriends just to –
51 percent of our site moms make up errands to get time for themselves.
Woman 1: There are evenings where we've had milk emergencies, and I just have to run out right then. You know, we might have a little bit left, but I decide we really – we need more.
Woman 5: And I'll take my iPhone and my headphones, and I will go down to go "food shopping," but I'm really just roaming the aisles listening to music and getting a loaf of bread just to show that I've done something.
Woman 8: I would say, "Okay, I'm going to get a mop," then the mop turns into a broom, and the broom and a mop turn into a shirt. And then the shirt turns into some pants to go with the shirt, and then –
Sarah Bernard: And that takes 2 hours –
Woman 8: - and 45 minutes.
Sarah Bernard: I like that!
Woman 8: I come home and I have a whole bunch of bags, and like, "Oh, I forgot the mop."