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  1. Carrie @ FamilyFitnessFood.com
    April 3, 2013

    I remember that candy stash that the kids didn’t know about. For a long time it was actually a cookie jar on the counter – then they got old enough to ask what was in the jar.

    Glad I’m not the only one who uses my phone in the bathroom. I think I read somewhere that 600,000 phones are dropped in the toilet every year. Or something like that.
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    • admin
      April 7, 2013

      I don’t doubt that that many phones are dropped in the toilet every year!! I’ve had a few close calls haha. The bathroom is the place where I can still get a little bit of privacy :-)

  2. rachel @runningrachel
    April 3, 2013

    haha! Apparently THIS Mommy needs MORE of a time out… because I am guilty of all of the ones you listed! :)

    One of my favorite go to Mommy needs a time out is loading the boys up to head to the neighborhood park. The fresh air, play ground, and play helps EVERYONE’s cranky mood! :)

    • admin
      April 7, 2013

      Yes! A trip to the park always does a good job of clearing out the cranky mood.

  3. Jo Lynn
    April 3, 2013

    Lol this list pretty much sums up what it looks like when this mom needs a timeout! Glad to know I’m not alone :-)!
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  4. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta
    April 3, 2013

    Haha! A funny post, but a really good point. Sometimes mommies need to put themselves first (as difficult as that is).
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  5. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    April 3, 2013

    Were you spying on me yesterday afternoon? ;) mama needed a time out! I finally did get almost 45 minutes to myself when my little angels finally napped. It was lovely but wayyyyyy to short!
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    • admin
      April 7, 2013

      Seriously, I love nap time. My 6 year old still naps. I’m not sure what I’m going to do when he drops it for good!

  6. Fancy Nancy
    April 3, 2013

    I begin to crave time…like I can almost physically feel myself getting more and more tense as the day goes on. My hubby says I get crazy eyes…the entire house overwhelms me and then he kicks me out the door and tells me to go run! Between working with kids full time, coming home to my kids, and well the sometimes overgrown kid whom I share my bed with…sometimes it is just a lot of people pulling on me. When I get overwhelmed it is when I fail to get my bucket filled first thing in the morning.
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    • admin
      April 7, 2013

      Yes, craving time and the crazy eyes! It’s so true. My husband usually kicks me out the door to go work out too.

  7. Michelle
    April 3, 2013

    Did you write this post for me? My “bathroom breaks” have been known to last 30+ minutes on occasion!
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    • admin
      April 7, 2013

      haha! Mine too! My husband comes around and knocks on the door to make sure I haven’t slipped and hit my head or something.

  8. misszippy
    April 3, 2013

    So funny! Now that my kids are older and both in school, I will say these moments are much fewer and farther apart. Now it’s the fighting that sends me off…sometimes I just have to walk away. As always, I am thankful for running/fitness in my life…makes me handle anything much, much better!
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  9. Amanda @runtothefinish
    April 3, 2013

    I’m afraid I would need would by the minute, hence the reason no kiddos yet :) I respect you moms tremendously!
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  10. Miz
    April 3, 2013

    I count the hours till bed as soon as I GET UP!
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    • admin
      April 7, 2013

      haha me too!

  11. lindsay
    April 3, 2013

    i would need a time all day everyday. I think i’m slowly preparing myself for kids. I need more lessons from you first though!
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    • admin
      April 7, 2013

      haha. Not sure that I’m the best role model ;-)

  12. Natalie
    April 3, 2013

    Yep!! Those are all the signs that I need a time-out. Yesterday was awful. As soon as my husband got home, I ran out of the house. I went to the rec center to run and then to yoga. I needed to get away for my own sanity.
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  13. beka @ rebecca roams
    April 3, 2013

    Most of those ring true for me as well (even though I don’t have kiddos)… I find that when I wake up in the morning and I have a feeling in the pit of my stomach that only sleeping until 2pm or many margaritas before noon can solve – time to have a rest day and get away.

  14. Martha
    April 3, 2013

    Ok. Yes to the stashes that I hide. Yes to hiding in the bathroom. Yes to it all!!!

    The one silver lining of my divorce is that I have scheduled time outs (Tues. and Fri.). Last night I went to my mom’s house and got caught up on Shameless and the first episode of Game of Thrones. This morning I feel rejuvenated … just from having a little time to myself!
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    • admin
      April 7, 2013

      After 3 days off from the kids and home, I came home feeling SO MUCH BETTER. Talk to me about Shameless and Game of Thrones. I’m so out of it. Worth watching?

  15. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
    April 3, 2013

    I usually hit this point by 5pm every day! My patience is running out and I’m watching the clock for daddy to take over. Hmm, longer bathroom breaks… I need to try that!
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    • admin
      April 7, 2013

      ohmygosh bathroom breaks are the only way that I can get through the day! Sometimes it’s literally to just catch my breathe and regroup when I know that I’m running low on patience.

  16. Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family
    April 3, 2013

    LOL. This is is me about an hour before Chris gets home from work ;)
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  17. Kim@Co-Pilot Mom
    April 3, 2013

    Love this, Christine! Sometimes moms just need a minute, too. :)
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    • admin
      April 7, 2013

      Yes we do! Hope you are well Kim!

  18. Heather (Where’s the Beach)
    April 3, 2013

    Yes, as an introvert I feel the need to run and hide sometimes. Just be alone. But sometimes I also need the opposite and don’t realize it – like time with my sister or a girlfriend. Time to let go, laugh, enjoy.
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    • admin
      April 7, 2013

      I totally get that Heather. It’s both the run and hide and spending really good quality time with a good friend. Those are the best ways to recharge.

  19. Kierston @candyfit
    April 3, 2013

    When my mind goes a million miles an hour!
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  20. Ilene
    April 3, 2013

    I so get very bit of this! For me, it’s the stash of Whole Foods vegan chocolate chis that quickly disappear on a stressful day, hiding in the bathroom. or talking to them in a whisper, which is way worst than yelling in my house.
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    • admin
      April 7, 2013

      The whisper!!! That’s the worst! And the kids know it too. Their eyes kind of skit side to side and to each other like, we should get out of here before she blows her top!

  21. Tamara
    April 3, 2013

    1, 4, and 6 are my signs! Totally. I just find myself getting more frustrated than I normally would. Patience goes out the window. And I’m really, really patient with my three-year-old on a good day, and she can really try it!
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  22. Amy @ Mommy Rodeo
    April 3, 2013

    I can tell when I’m needing some calm – we stay at swim lessons forever. So the kid is worn out and takes a solid, long nap in the afternoon. That’s time when I can recharge and at least feel like I’ve gotten something (anything) done.
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    • admin
      April 7, 2013

      Yes! Anything that will tire out the kids and get them to sleep is my savior.

  23. Kristen
    April 3, 2013

    I have a secret cabinet that you have to wave a wand by to find it where I hide all of my “timeout” chocolate. Actually, it is just one that I keep stuff that we rarely use so no one goes in it. ;-) If I find myself in that cabinet more than just the little nibble, I know I need to let Chris know that I need some time for myself. Thankfully, he is great at making sure I get it. I just have to remember to ask for it and be aware of when I need to. It is a hard thing to see sometimes until it is too late and you’ve exploded on someone or something (at least in my case anyway).
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    • admin
      April 7, 2013

      I’m also thankful that my husband is pretty good about making sure that I have time to recharge and workout because he knows that will make me feel better. It is hard to remember sometimes! But it’s good for us to remember to take care of ourselves too.

  24. Alison
    April 3, 2013

    Uh oh. I have a chocolate stash. :)
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  25. Elle
    April 3, 2013

    Such a fun read… at least for me because I am not a Mommy!

  26. Ja @Ja on the RUN
    April 3, 2013

    I am not a mom yet… planning to be this year! :) I will definitely go back to this post! :))
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  27. Tina @ Best Body Fitness
    April 3, 2013

    Um, yes. All of these are me. Especially lately. I’m practically a single mom these days since every afternoon/evening/weekend Peter has to work on the house and all the must do projects we have if we ever hope to sell and move. I need to take a look at when I need a time out daily I think. Haha!
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    • admin
      April 7, 2013

      It is a lot sometimes, isn’t it? I think that we all want to do so much and take on so much, especially as mothers, that sometimes we forget that we need some time too. I hope that you got to take a little break this weekend :-)

  28. Alison
    April 3, 2013

    I always love your writing, even though I’m not a mom I can relate to this post ;). For me it’s those days where the warm shower before bed does not come soon enough. As I learn more about myself and deepen my Yoga practice I am realizing how powerful breath is, and just taking a few minutes to close my eyes and get centered again.
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    • admin
      April 7, 2013

      Yes! I’ve been realizing too how powerful breath is. Sometimes that’s really want I need, a few moments to breath and recenter myself.

  29. katie
    April 3, 2013

    How about when even your bathroom time isn’t your own! I shut the door (even lock it sometimes) only to find I forgot to lock it and now I’m talking to a toddler about toilet paper.

    That’s when I know I need a break! :)
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    • admin
      April 7, 2013

      haha. My older son has figured out that I hide in the bathroom sometimes and he slips me notes under the door and other assorted items.

  30. uglyrunnerfeet
    April 3, 2013

    My eyelid starts to twitch when I need a time-out. It’s my body’s way of saying “too much, too much!”

  31. Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life
    April 3, 2013

    Hiding in the bathroom rarely works for me. I end up with a toddler in the bathroom telling me “good job making peepee mama.” Extra TV and treats, I am guilty of. I hate Spongebob, but when I need a few to myself, Bob is my man.
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    • admin
      April 7, 2013

      haha. Yes, I love when my kids compliment me on making pee pee too. I’ve been turning to extra TV more these days. My kids don’t watch a lot so I figure an extra half hour won’t hurt.

  32. Taylor @ LiftingRevolution
    April 3, 2013

    Though I don’t have kids, I definitely go through periods where I just need to take myself out of the work-wife mode. I can tell when I sit in my car for about 5 minutes in the driveway just to chill before going inside. Or when a 3 mile run turns into 5 miles because I just don’t want to see my email. Or when I get excited about a meeting because it means getting to be around different people for a bit, change in scenery.
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  33. Britton
    April 3, 2013

    Bath times are a lot longer when I feel myself needing a break! Stopping in from SITS!

  34. Shell
    April 3, 2013

    The hidden treats are a sure sign here!
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  35. jan
    April 3, 2013

    I am so guilty of the grocery store one! I’ll wander around that store for hours. I never knew how much fun grocery shopping was until I had kids and went solo. LOL
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    • admin
      April 7, 2013

      It’s so true! I did that today!

  36. Lisa @ RunWiki
    April 3, 2013

    Oh yes! These are signs. Mine are when I start loosing my mind and screaming over the small things that happen several times a day that include but are not limited to, leaving dirty socks out, snail collections left in the house, leaving playdough in pockets and discovering it in the dryer, un-flushed toilets (no, not just pee), finding a moldy strawberry under the couch cushion, when the inhabitants of your house have a wardrobe change several times a day for no reason at all, constant arguing, saying yet again that they don’t like to eat what you have worked the last two hours preparing, I have gone un-showered for more than 3 days, any kind of stomach virus that goes around the house, any kind of vomit or decaying food in the car, the constant “mommy, mommy, mommy” that goes on when you try to have even the smallest conversation with your spouse, yeah, these are just few things that warrant a mommy time out in my house.
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    • admin
      April 7, 2013

      I love you. My list/day sounds very similar to yours. All those little things add up so quickly! The one that totally sets me over the edge is the refusing to eat the dinner that I’ve spent so much time in preparing. Drives me batty!!

  37. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
    April 4, 2013

    i don’t have kids, but maost of these apply to co-workers too. i totally hide in the bathroom when i need a break. LOL!
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  38. Ari @ Ari’s Menu
    April 4, 2013

    Oh friend, if Pitch Perfect can’t fix it, then it is SERIOUS! But really, it’s so great that you are so in tune with yourself, and taking the steps to recognize when you need a break. We all need a break from life sometimes, whether we have kiddos or not.

    • admin
      April 7, 2013

      I’m seriously in love with Pitch Perfect. I can’t believe that I hadn’t seen it before this week! And then I proceeded to watch it three times in three days. haha. It’s brilliant!

  39. Melissa @ Fit ‘n’ Well Mommy
    April 4, 2013

    This was me today! Keenan was getting tired and cranky, not wanting to cooperate close to lunch time and I was definitely trying hard to not show my frustration. I certainly needed a time-out, which fortunately I got once he went down for his nap (for 2 1/2 hours!). Working out is my “me-time,” but a run to the grocery store is something I’ve done, too!
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  40. Jess
    April 4, 2013

    It is like you are a fly on my wall! I become much less go with the flow and sillier things start to upset me. The hiding chocolate is definitely up there. As is declaring nap time cause I need a nap!
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  41. Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly’s
    April 4, 2013

    I hear this loud and clear. I am extremely grateful that I get to be a SAHM but some days as soon as Nick gets home, I just go in the bedroom and shut the door and have 20 minutes to myself. Saves all of us from my freak outs haha.
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  42. Christine
    April 5, 2013

    hiding in the bathroom, are you? ;)
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  43. Sarah @RunFarGirl
    April 8, 2013

    oh my gosh I love this. I am an introvert to and THRIVE on time by myself. I need it. I crave it. I can’t always be “on.” Last weekend my hubs gave me the morning off and I went to a coffee shop and sat by myself for a nice long time. Then walked around the downtown area and window shopped a bit. It was great. totally recharged my batteries.
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    • admin
      April 8, 2013

      Those escapes – when you can walk around and act like a normal adult are always some of the best. I’m so glad that you got a little bit of time to recharge.

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