Momfession: I Hide in the Bathroom


We can be honest here right? No judgement, right? Well, here is my confession: I hide from my family in the bathroom. There I said it. Sometimes after my husband gets home from work, I sneak away for some quiet time in the commode. I excuse myself from the dinner table just as dinner is wrapping up so I don’t have to watch my three old not eat anymore. Sometimes I take a pen and paper and I make a grocery list or a to do list. I add things that I’ve already done so I can cross them off and feel accomplished. I plan the next day. Sometimes I read. Sometimes I just need a few minutes of uninterrupted quiet. Maybe I should market this as some sort of toilet meditation? Even though I’m away at work all day, it can be overwhelming to be thrust back into the mayhem of an evening at home trying to shepherd two children through the dinner, bath and bedtime routine in such a short period of time. It’s not that I don’t want to be with the kids or my husband, it’s just that I’d like to be alone for a few minutes.

I’ve recently learned my lesson with regards to asking to be excused from the table, or letting everyone know I’ll be right back. When I say, “I have to go to the bathroom,” my three-year-old immediately says, “NO, I have to go to the bathroom.” And runs in ahead of me. Unfortunately, we only have one bathroom. So whether I am just trying to steal some me time, or I really do have to use the bathroom, I have to wait. It’s not smart to deny a child who’s been recently potty trained a timely trip to the bathroom, no matter how long they take in there! And let’s face it, some battles just are not worth fighting.

I suspect my husband does this too. But I won’t call him out on it and he won’t call me out on it. I think it’s a fabulous arrangement, as long as he doesn’t read this!

If you need to steal a minute or two for yourself during your family’s most hectic time of day, how do you make this work? Please tell me I’m not the only one who finds solace among the soap and shampoo.

12 thoughts on “Momfession: I Hide in the Bathroom

  1. I actually recommended to my husband he do this sometimes when he just needs a minute to decompress! He was shocked when I told him I do it, but then admitted it was brilliant. Great post Jenn! -Beverly A

  2. LOL, my friend once posted on her facebook status that she sometimes pretends to have a stomach virus just so that she can get through the newspaper…

  3. Whatever it takes. Sometimes when I walk in the door to all the chaos, I just have to “go” even if I really don’t have to “go”. Shhh. It’s just 5 minutes, people!

  4. Hahaha! I do this all the time…long shower, long poop, long time doing laundry. Anything to get a moment of peace lol. Great post.

  5. I have not been able to even find quiet time in the bathroom . . . so you are doing well if you get that. I was just thinking the other day, “can’t I even wipe my butt in peace?” sorry for TMI but it is true. Where I have actually found my vacation is the walk around the car to get the kids out of their car seats, I take extra long on that walk. I’m actually thinking about getting a double wide car so I get even a little extra time on my little vacation.

      1. I recently realized that sometimes the bathroom is the ONLY room where I can get peace (I have to ask for privacy, of course, so my brood doesn’t follow me in) and so I decided to REALLY dress up my little toilet room (we have a separate door for the toilet). I put in some candles, vases, twinkling lights, and pretty pictures. I LOVE my little toilet respite room!

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