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11 Things moms really do when the kids go back to school

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...

The reality of mama life when the kids are back in school

Ah, freedom. It's been a long, hot and busy summer.

Between baseball games, swimming lessons and hectic family vacations, you haven't had a second to rest. Now that it's time for the kids to go back to school, you've got a to-do list longer than your arm, but it's probably not the same as the one you've been telling people about.

Sure, you'll get to the laundry and the dusting and the bill paying one of these days. But for now, you have six hours of me-time five days a week. If you're anything like us, this is how you're going to spend it.

1. Take a shower

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A nice, long shower, with no one yelling from outside the door. You'll happily endure school drop-off in your PJs just to save the shower for when you're alone.

2. Enjoy your coffee

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Ever tried to sip your coffee and catch up on the world with a few kids at your hip? Not possible.

3. Read a book

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You got through how many pages without stopping? Score!

4. Watch TV

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You have a summer's worth of grown-up TV shows saved on your DVR. Think you can clear it out by the first week of school?

5. Take a nap

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Yep, right there on the couch. Because who's going to disturb you?

6. Eat. Whatever you want

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Is it sad that we get this excited about not having to share with everyone?

7. Shop alone

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You can walk down every single aisle. No tantrums, no begging. You can even try on clothes. This is bliss.

8. Go for a ride

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Windows down, radio up. No one is asking to change the music, no one is begging you stop for ice cream (but you probably will, anyway).

9. Laundry

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Once the novelty of the empty house has worn off, you'll realize it's filthy. It's time to do some chores, finally, but that's OK because you can actually do your chores. Quickly, even.

10. Miss them

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We know, we can't believe it either. But somewhere around 2 p.m., it happened. The house is just so quiet.

11. Wait at the door

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You welcome them home with open arms (and that bus is taking forever). It's funny how your perspective changes after a little me-time, right mama?

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