Recently a friend of mine posted on Facebook that she "hides" from her children by sitting on a stool in her pantry (totally off subject but I wish I had a pantry big enough to sit in!). She said she goes in there to read, talk on the phone, take a Mommy break. But at the time she was posting it, she said her kids were banging on the door, beckoning her to come out of hiding.
So I began thinking about my own hiding space. The problem is, (besides not having a big enough pantry) was that it doesn't really feel like a Mommy break if the kids are banging on the door...which mine inevitably would be. So I gave up on the idea of a Mommy hiding place...until I starting vacuuming the other morning.
Since my kids don't like the noise of the vacuum, they go to my son's room to play while I do it. After about 10 minutes of vacuuming, I had an epiphany. Vacuuming was my hiding place. The kids voluntarily go in the other room, and stay there. If there is any sibling bickering going on, I can't hear it and they work it out amongst themselves. And the white noise of the vacuum is actually quite meditative. Although I was "working" during my mommy break, it was a nice mental break, nonetheless.
So during times of stress...at least my floors will be clean!
How do you get your Mommy break? Do you have a hiding place from your kids?