People are always amazed at the fact that my kids are in bed by 6pm. Likewise I am amazed when peoples kids are up till 8-9pm. Each to their own, but heck no is that happening at our house! haha! Mentally I am checked out by 6pm. I’m done. I’ve spent every second of my day with my children, and as much as I love them, 6pm onwards is ME TIME. And while they’re happy going to bed that early, I’m embracing it!
How do I spend my ‘me time’? I always make sure the house is tidy and clean, before blobbing on the couch. I usually put on Orange is the New Black on Netflix and watch/scroll and catch up on social media at the same time… before choosing something to get really engrossed in when I put my phone down. At the moment that is Orphan Black, recommended by my sister-in-law, and I’m so far loving it!
New Netflix data reveals that for mums, sneaking is the new bingeing and we’ll go to great lengths to stream our favourite shows while no one is looking. According to the research – after becoming a mum, we quickly embrace putting our kids first and time for us goes out the window. Hmmm yep, that sounds about right! So, at the end of the day once the rug rats are FINALLY in bed I pretty much sign out mentally before I’ve even get to the bottom of the stairs!
I’m a Netflix binge watcher FOR SURE. I’m not into watching a series an episode a night, heck no! I’ll cram as many as I can into the night and then try and sneak episodes in during the day, until I’ve finished the series! The first that I did this with was 13 Reasons Why, and then Jane the Virgin. I was addicted!
Netflix data showed that three quarters of us mums admit to sneaking in TV “me-time” while multitasking or actually hiding from our kids at least 1-3 times a day. Nowhere is off limits – from spending extra time on the “toilet” to hiding in the pantry or wardrobe , or sitting in the car in the parking lot.
What kind of sneak are you? I’m probably a cleaning sneak… if I’m doing something in the kitchen I’ll pop my phone on the window sill and sneak some time in there. Or I’m just a plain ol give the kid an iPad and watch my episode on TV not-so-sneaky-sneak haha!
‘Me time’ is seriously beneficial though. Being a Mum is physically and mentally draining and sometimes we forget to clock out! A few months back when I went to Melbourne for a Netflix event, the whole weekend was the most ‘me time’ I had had in a LONG TIME! Amazing company, good food, more socialising than I ever do haha! It was the coolest weekend, and it reminded me what it was like to be ME! Jordan! Not ‘Brooklyn and Marlo’s Mum’. Just ME!
If you’re after some new ‘Sneak Shows’ to watch, Netflix put together this list for us!
TOP 12 Mum Sneak Shows
- Orange is the New Black
- 13 Reasons Why
- Fuller House
- How to Get Away with Murder
- Gilmore Girls
- Stranger Things
- Pretty Little Liars
- House of Cards
- Jane the Virgin
- Grace and Frankie
- The Crown
I’d love to know how you get some ‘me time’ into your day/week! If it’s on Netflix, what’s your current binge/sneak?