Like most stay-at-home moms I spend my days wiping up splattered milk and singing kid’s songs until I end up looking a little something like this ——>.
After spending 10 years in the world of meetings and deadlines, I can officially say that parenting is the most difficult, demanding, exhausting, patience-testing job ever. Unless you wear camo, scrubs, or a badge to work, or until your boss stands over you pooping her pants and screaming at you to work faster without telling you exactly what she wants you to do, your job is a cakewalk.
And like most stay-at-home moms, I don’t get out much. Nor do I get much time to myself. The people at Target probably think I’m nutso due to the fact that I now walk around like a kid in a candy store, oohing and aahing over toilet bowl cleaner. Look out if you end up somewhere even more exciting with me. Tip of the iceberg people. Tip. of. the. iceberg.
So for the sake of the public’s sanity and to prevent myself from getting banned from yet another store (kidding…maybe), I do what most mother’s want to do – get the hell out of dodge! OK, I embellish some. But I do take a daily drive. It’s a time when it’s just me and
fifty THOUSAND other idiots in a hurry to get nowhere the open road. No screaming toddler. No Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. No dirty socks and stinky diapers. Nothing to think about except the shitty music on the radio. (How many times do I have to listen to Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger?! I really need to get the iTrip.) Anyway, I digress. Yes, driving has become my outlet.
So stay-at-home moms, work-at-home moms, work-outside-the-home moms, where-the-hell-are-my-kids moms, tell me: how do you get some much needed daily “me time”? Need some ideas? Thought you might. Here are five. It’s amazing what just 15 minutes of quiet can do for your mental stability.
- Mutter something about needing milk and bread. Grab the keys and hit the road.
- Feign stomach cramps and take a good book to the bathroom. Don’t forget to lock the door!
- Grab some Tylenol and head to the bedroom rubbing your temples. See above about that darn door.
- Put on some sneakers and run, walk, dance, or swear at Jillian. It’s a good way to work off a lot of pent up frustrations.
- And my personal favorite, sneak outside with a glass of wine. Ahhhh!