Sometimes all three of my kids go upstairs and play. Quietly. And they don't need me for like, 10 minutes. Most of the time, I'm left wondering what the heck I should do with my unexpected free time. Read a book? Catch up on DVR? Return an actual phone call? But honestly, a moment or two alone can feel kinda weird when your entire life revolves around your kids.
It's a feeling star mom Drew Barrymore can certainly relate to. Her daughters Olive, age 4, and Frankie, age 2, recently allowed their mama a few quiet minutes, in which she found herself half-reading a magazine but really contemplating how this break from her mommy duties even happened.
In a now-viral and super funny Instagram post that features a photo of the actress peeking over a copy of Ritz Carlton Magazine, as she "luxuriates" in bed, Barrymore writes, "'How am I not chasing the kids around? How am I stealing a few minutes to myself? When is this going to end? And why do I feel like I am breaking the law?'"
Haha. Truer words have never been spoken. These stolen mom moments can easily feel wrong, and of course, you always know that your "me time" could come to an end at any second. Plus, when your kiddos are too quiet, you are right to feel suspicious! That's why when I find myself in Barrymore' position, I won't really get too into anything. I know a call of "Mom!" is going to come as soon as I press "play" on my remote, or dial up a friend on the phone. Or perhaps I'm just moments away from discovering that my daughters have decided to give themselves a Maui makeover.
We always love how relatable Barrymore's social media posts are! ICYMI, check out this one, in which the "Santa Clarita Diet" star shared a photo of her daughter's epic Disney World meltdown. At least we know that it's not just us whose kids make huge public scenes at "the happiest place on earth!"
What do you do when your kids give you a moment to yourself?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and soon-to-be mom of 4. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of yoga.