In the afternoon, after putting down my youngest for a nap, I allow my oldest to watch her 2 shows while I lock myself in the bathroom for a few to catch up on my reading. Hey, who has time to read magazines outside of the bathroom these days? Not me! Am I neglecting my child by doing this? Sorry, don’t buy it. She’s 6 years old, and we do not allow her to sit in front of the TV all day. She appreciates this downtime as much as I do.
But my favorite time of day for ME is that blissful moment after the kids go to bed. What’s that? Your kids go to bed just before/at the same time as you do? I get that every family is different; ya gotta do what works for you. But for our family, the bedtime routine is vital for everyone’s sanity. The kids’ need their rest, and their parents need the downtime! We start getting our girls ready for bed at 7:30p, and by 8:30p they are ideally in bed. Yes, we have nights where this doesn’t happen, but it’s incredibly rare to see them up past 9p. Once the kids are in bed, I like to do some yoga or get a workout in on my elliptical while playing Scrabble or Angry Birds on my iPhone. And then… the hubs & I enjoy vegging out, catching up on our DVR &/or each other with a beer or bourbon in hand. It’s just nice to have some uninterrupted adult time together, no matter what we’re doing.