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10 Things Moms Would Really Love To Do Alone

10 Things Moms Would Really Love To Do Alone

Being a mom is extremely rewarding, exciting and lots of fun, but it can also be very hard work. In fact it is a 24/7 job, leaving moms with very little time left to themselves – check out 10 things moms would really love to do alone.

1. They Would Love To Eat A Meal Alone

Sometimes you just want to eat a quick sandwich, without having to give at least half of it to your curious child. You can’t even finish off a glass of orange juice without someone else having a quick sip and sticking their fingers in it.

Every so often, you sit in your car and take 10 minutes to slowly enjoy a bar of chocolate to yourself – ahhh, bliss!

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2. They Would Like To Do Their Make-Up Alone

They say putting make-up on while you’re in the car is hard – try doing it with a toddler hanging off your arm. Now you have a child, lip liner and eyeliner are for special occasions; trying to put them on while your child grabs your hand leaves you looking like the Joker from Batman.

You really appreciate any chance you get to put on make-up alone now – which is something you never thought you would appreciate.

3. They Would Love To Watch Something On TV

Most of your TV viewing is re-runs of cartoons, so getting the opportunity to choose what’s on the TV is exhilarating. Trashy reality TV, or a cheesy soap – your kids find them boring and your partner silently judges you for watching them, so they are saved for your rare, peaceful moments alone.

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4. They Would Like To Read Alone

Getting the chance to sit down and have a good read is something of the past for most moms, as there simply isn’t the time. Most of the reading you do is to your children, but about once a year you get to snuggle down with a good book – and it is simply the best night of the year.

5. They Would Love To Go To The Toilet Alone

Children are the only humans who don’t understand bathroom etiquette, so you are used to going to the toilet with an audience.

On the rare occasions that your child is having too much fun to join you, you treat the bathroom as a holiday. You can check your messages and emails, and flick through a magazine – who knew how much fun you could have in there?!

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6. They Would Like To Check Their Email Alone

Going on your laptop around a child can be very tense; spend too much attention on the laptop and your child may try to take it for themselves, which normally ends in tears – your own, of course.

It isn’t very fun explaining to your child why you’re emailing your boss, either; they will pull a face that makes you feel very boring and uncool.

7. They Would Love To Shower Alone

Many moms dream of a long, luxurious, hot shower, but any shower without interruptions is a good one. If you manage to wash your whole body and hair in between random conversations with your child as they walk in, you feel pretty proud and accomplished – but you’re pretty sure it will be another few years before you actually get to spend more than five minutes in the shower at a time.

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8. They Would Like To Fly Alone

Plane journeys as a mom are high stress; looking after passports and boarding with children can be a real struggle. As you try to entertain your children for 4 hours while you fly, you fondly reminisce on the days when you could just order a drink and have a flick through a magazine.

9. They Would Love To Shop Alone

If you do the weekly shop with your children, you know that shopping alone is truly a holiday in itself. You feel so carefree you almost don’t know what to do with yourself. You never knew that doing the food shop could be so much fun – you could easily spend half an hour each in the cosmetic and snack isles alone.

10. They Would Like To Drive Alone

Most of your car journeys are filled with non-stop requests from your children and the Frozen soundtrack on repeat.

Whenever you get to drive alone you put on your favorite album, savor the lack of questions and even buy a drive thru coffee – perfect!

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Last Updated on March 5, 2021

Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

I talk a lot to myself. It helps me to keep my concentration on the activity on hand, makes me focus more on my studies, and gives me some pretty brilliant ideas while chattering to myself; more importantly, I produce better works. For example, right now, as I am typing, I am constantly mumbling to myself. Do you talk to yourself? Don’t get embarrassed admitting it because science has discovered that those who talk to themselves are actually geniuses… and not crazy!

Research Background

Psychologist-researcher Gary Lupyan conducted an experiment where 20 volunteers were shown objects, in a supermarket, and were asked to remember them. Half of them were told to repeat the objects, for example, banana, and the other half remained silent. In the end, the result shown that self-directed speech aided people to find the objects faster, by 50 to 100 milliseconds, compared to the silent ones.

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“I’ll often mutter to myself when searching for something in the refrigerator or the supermarket shelves,” said Gary Lupyan.

This personal experience actually made him conduct this experiment. Lupyan, together with another psychologist, Daniel Swigley, came up with the outcomes that those to talk to oneself are geniuses. Here are the reasons:

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It stimulates your memory

When you are talking to yourself, your sensory mechanism gets activated. It gets easier on your memory since you can visualize the word, and you can act accordingly.[1]

It helps stay focused

When you are saying it loud, you stay focused on your task,[2] and it helps you recognise that stuff immediately. Of course, this only helps if you know what the object you are searching looks like. For example, a banana is yellow in colour, and you know how a banana looks like. So when you are saying it loud, your brain immediately pictures the image on your mind. But if you don’t know what banana looks like, then there is no effect of saying it loud.

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It helps you clarify your thoughts

Every one of us tends to have various types of thoughts. Most make sense, while the others don’t. Suppose you are furious at someone and you feel like killing that person. Now for this issue you won’t run to a therapist, will you? No, what you do is lock yourself in a room and mutter to yourself. You are letting go off the anger by talking to yourself, the pros and cons of killing that person, and eventually you calm down. This is a silly thought that you have and are unable to share it with any other person. Psychologist Linda Sapadin said,[3]

“It helps you clarify your thoughts, tend to what’s important and firm up any decisions you are contemplating.”

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