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13 Things only parents would consider a vacation

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, pets...

Vacation? Parents know these 13 things are the closest they'll get

Don't get me wrong, I love my kids. But after days and days of just me and them, Mama needs some alone time. Unfortunately, that's not as easy to come by as it used to be.

In fact, now that we're parents, the things we used to consider ordinary and boring are now more like a vacation.

1. The shower

Vacation? Parents know these 13 things are the closest they'll get

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Who cares if the water's cold? The door is locked and the sound of the water drowns out their shrieking.

2. Grocery shopping

Vacation? Parents know these 13 things are the closest they'll get

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Do I really need to walk down every aisle... twice? Yes, yes I do.

3. Shoveling snow

Vacation? Parents know these 13 things are the closest they'll get

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No, it's OK, honey; I'll shovel the driveway. You just stay in here with the kids where it's warm.

4. Commuting

Vacation? Parents know these 13 things are the closest they'll get

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Remember when you thought your daily commute was a giant waste of an hour? Now it's an hour of non-Disney music with no one screaming from the backseat.

5. Laundry

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Excuse me. I'm just going to shut myself in this room and fold all the laundry in house.

6. Hide-and-seek

Vacation? Parents know these 13 things are the closest they'll get

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Please don't let them find me. At least not for the next 10 minutes.

7. Birthday parties

Vacation? Parents know these 13 things are the closest they'll get

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Let the hostess corral all the crazy kids. All the other moms and I are going to retreat to a distant corner and pretend we didn't come here with kids for the next hour.

8. The gym

Vacation? Parents know these 13 things are the closest they'll get

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You think I come here for my health? They watch my kids as long as I stay on this thing.

9. Walking the dog

Vacation? Parents know these 13 things are the closest they'll get

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No, we don't need a fenced-in yard. I really don't mind walking him 10 times a day, promise.

10. The dentist

Vacation? Parents know these 13 things are the closest they'll get

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I'm laying down in the middle of the day and no one expects me to talk. Nothing else matters.

11. Sick days

Vacation? Parents know these 13 things are the closest they'll get

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I've actually felt much better since this morning, but I'm not telling anyone just yet.

12. Work

Vacation? Parents know these 13 things are the closest they'll get

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There's a reason I get here before everyone else — and it's not to be productive.

13. Late at night

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I'm tired and I should totally go to bed, but the hours where I can watch adult TV and eat snacks without sharing are so precious.

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