Rub-A-Dub-Dub, Three Girls In The Tub

by Chrystal Johnson on April 10, 2012

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Welcome to the April 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids and Personal Care

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories, tips, and struggles relating to their children’s personal care choices.


Since becoming a mom, there is nothing I miss more than taking a long, hot shower – by myself. Or even a warm, relaxing bath to soak in some delicious bath salts. Let’s face it… even getting a 5-minute shower on my own is cause for celebration these days.

But, if I didn’t co-shower with Zoë and Kaylee, I wouldn’t get clean at all. Over time, Zoë, Kaylee and I have created a showering routine that’s all our own. It gets all three of us clean, and in the end gives me a few minutes of peace.

It’s a pretty simple routine, really. All three of us hop in the shower together. We shampoo and condition everyone’s hair and wash our bodies (using only natural products of course). Then mommy hops out of the shower and fills up the bathtub with clean water – and on many occasions yummy ice cream bubble bath.

Then while the girls play and entertain each other for 15-20 minutes, I’m able to get dressed and go through my skincare routine (which is often neglected) in peace. Some days I even have time to dry my hair! Not too often, but that’s always a special treat.

Now that I’m home with the girls full time, this short time period is really the only time I get to be “alone.” (Of course it’s not truly alone time since I do have to be RIGHT THERE since they’re in the tub – but it’s close enough.)

This is just one of many ways, as a work at home mom, I strive to keep my sanity. Even 5-minute spurts of peace and quiet throughout the day do add up.

I’d love to hear from other moms though. What simple tricks do you work into your daily routine to get a few minutes of peace and quiet?


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