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    How good would it be to have child free time to go see a movie or something!

    Or a night out.

    Does anyone else feel the same way sometimes?

    I know this time will pass, but it's tiring sometimes.

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    absolutely,
    I have my two boys 99% ofthe time and the second one only goes to see his father for four hours, when it suits him.

    Id love a little me time lol

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    I would settle for child free time to sleep or finish a coffee!

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    Heck yes! Drink a HOT coffee, read something, lounge around in bed or go to a cafe on my own. Love my children but I'm more than just a mother, I'm an individual with my own interests and needs. At the moment I can't even find time to get dressed on my own let alone have 'me' time. Is an hour a week to much to ask! That would be luxury, I'm positive my kids would benefit too, it's amazing what a small break can do for your sense of wellbeing

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    Hell yes! We heavily rely on babysitter swap so that we get some children free time at least once a fortnight...

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    have to admit, as much as I loved the baby/little one years - I am happy that she goes to school and I get some child-free time.

    Being able to go to the toilet alone, that 10 minutes after she has left for school to sit and have a coffee (my FIL walks her to school so he picks her up) ... actually getting her to MAKE me a coffee its bliss

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    Can I just let you know, that this baby phase passes really, really fast!

    I'm a single parent, I am super fortunate that I have 100% parental responsibility. That baby phase passed super super fast! All of a sudden, I have a 5 year old (nearly 6!) who's in year 1, and a 4 year old in kinder (5 days a fortnight), I MISS them when they're at school! I am also fortunate enough that I can be a volunteer at school, so I'm there as a parent helper, I do reading groups, I am there for every sports day, fundraiser or parent info day. I attend assembly and everything else.

    But I still miss my kids while they're at school.

    As hard as those early days with little kids at home can be, please appreciate them?!! They really do go too fast!

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    Thanks for all your responses.

    It's amazing how much less alone I feel when other people can comprehend my experiences

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    Wow, this is the first time I've been on here and it's so nice to see I'm really not alone. Thank you everyone for sharing. I'm a single mom to my beautiful little 4 year old girl. Her dad is still around but only sees her for a few hours a week (he has never even taken her overnight) he is more like a play friend she sees for a few hours a week - he shares no responsibility for actually helping to raise her. The fact that he is 15 mins away and could be a huge part of her life makes it feel even more lonely and hard. I also suffer from chronic pain in my knee after like 30+ operations which makes day to day life of running after a toddler extremely difficult and I am often left feeling guilty that she deserves more. She is my everything I am so devoted to her, I just want her to be happy and have everything she deserves. Does that make sense?
    I just thought I'd say hi, nice to meet others that may be in a similar situation. Thanks
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    Yep! I completely understand this feeling too. I'm a single mum of twins (nearly 3 years old) and i have 100 per cent care with no other help. But.....i HAVE found a way to get an hour for me. I go to the local gym and swim laps. They have a free creche and i aim to go twice a week....but so far have mostly only managed once a week with so many other responsibilities taking priority! I've never been much of an exercise person but swimming in my "me time" seems to be a great stress reliever and definitely time in my own world, not talking to anyone. I swim for a solid half hour then take ten minutes in the spa before showering and collecting my girls. It's only one hour but it's amazing what a difference it has made. And i think it's a great example to my girls of looking after myself too.

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