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.

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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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About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Dionna @ Code Name: Mama
Twitter: CodeNameMama
April 10, 2012 at 7:17 am

That is a great idea! Kieran would much rather not take *any* shower, so I usually get the shower to myself ;)

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2 Liam April 10, 2012 at 7:33 am

I find that my daughter’s bathtime is a good opportunity to shave. Whether both of my daughters are in the tub together or it’s just my youngest, I get to be in the room if they need me, and I get to take care of a chore that too often goes ignored.
So maybe this comment is less about my family’s personal care and more about my own…
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3 Justine @ The Lone Home Ranger April 10, 2012 at 8:01 am

This is a great idea! My girls love their time in the tub, so I had been of the mind that I couldn’t shower with them. I love the concept of allowing them to play in the tub while I take time for my own personal care! Thanks for sharing. I think I’ll implement our new routine today. :)
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4 Brittney Minor
Twitter: brittleby
April 10, 2012 at 9:23 am

Love this post! What is peace and quiet and “me” time? :) If we are in a hurry, we will take a shower together, but normally they take a bath and I take a shower at the same time (in our master bath the tub is right up against the shower so I can see them)…of course this isn’t peaceful because water gets in eyes, someone gets hurt, etc. and I have to scold, threaten the whole time! :) But I get to get ready while they are still in the tub! bathtime is long in our house!

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5 Lauren @ Hobo Mama
Twitter: Hobo_Mama
April 10, 2012 at 11:35 am

I love how you’ve managed to eke out some Me Time! That does sound relaxing.

I have to admit, sometimes I get annoyed when my precious showering time is crashed by a four-year-old who wants to “help” me wash my hair, but it is sweet to have those moments of connection even as you go through your routine.
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6 Deb @ Living Montessori Now
Twitter: DebChitwood
April 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm

It’s great that you’ve found time for your skincare routine – and your daughters have a bathtime ritual they enjoy! I find it difficult to take time for skincare rituals even as an empty nester. It’s too easy to put something else first. Awesome that you have something that works! :)
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7 kim @ life-is-learning April 11, 2012 at 7:54 pm

What a great routine! I barely get my little one into a tub let alone a shower, but I ask her all the time b/c I think it would be fun! If I do my skin care while I’m still in the shower, it gets done. And, I must say that lotion that sits in the shower gets nice and warm for when you put it on :) Otherwise, I neglect it for some other task.
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8 Amy @ Anktangle
Twitter: anktangle
April 11, 2012 at 10:34 pm

I miss solo bathing and hygiene activities, but taking a shower or bath with my son is a whole new kind of fun and adventure! I hadn’t thought to fill up the bath for him after I shower—I’ll have to give that a try next time. Thanks!
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9 Ursula Ciller
Twitter: Ursula Ciller
April 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm

“Me time?” who’s Me? Well, actually, I do get some me time after I put little one to bed at night. By this time though I am usually ready for bed myself – even when it’s early. With winter comming, the days are shorter and little one will have easier early sleep so that really is a good thing (not that I look forward to sub zero nights). On the weekends, on rare but enjoyable occations, I go to friends places for an hour or two while partner looks after little one. Having said all this though, I treasure being a full time mum and watching my little one grow up:)
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10 Kelsie Harris April 14, 2012 at 12:31 am

Sometimes I take a shower with my 1 year old, but when everyone else isn’t so busy to make this happen, daddy or big sis (12 year old) hang out with little man while I take a bath or shower. It is the only time of day that I get to actually be completely alone and I really cherish that time to relax. I think it’s good for my son to have that one on one time with his dad too who works full time.
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