When it comes to snagging some much-needed alone time, moms have to get pretty creative. These women confess to the craziest thing they’ve ever done for “me” time.

By Real Simple
Updated January 22, 2018

Moms are excellent multi-taskers, able to pluck their eyebrows while managing potty time with one kid and administering a practice spelling quiz to another—all at the same time. But just because we can do many things at once doesn’t mean we always want to. Sometimes what we really want is time for ourselves, by ourselves. We interviewed some moms about just how far they’ll go to score much-needed time alone. One mom readily admitted to locking herself in the bathroom with her iPad and a cup of coffee. Another escapes by going on a grocery run, then leisurely walking the aisles. Another popular strategy? Claiming to be busy “cooking” or “working” while really catching up on a page-turner or a favorite show while nobody’s looking. But at the end of the day, most moms know the easiest, most straightforward way to get a little down time is to ask your partner to take a turn with the kids.