Being a parent is a lot of work and there are many sacrifices to be made on one’s own personal ambitions and desires. Each and every parent is to be commended for the effort they put into raising a child. There are times when it may get a bit overwhelming, for both moms and dads, and we find that each of them have their own ways of coping with the stress. A survey had noticed that a large number of dads like to take refuge in their bathrooms whenever they need a break from their fatherly duties and chores.
The 2018 survey took a poll of 1,000 British men and found that one-third of them hide in their bathrooms to get a little peace and quiet. This was by far their safest and most favorite place at home to get away from their family even for a short while. Well, one can pretty much understand as there is total privacy there, and it’s right at home so it’s not like taking a vacation or something. The survey went on to cite that these men spend about 7 hours every year hiding from their families in their bathrooms. In retrospect, that’s hardly a lot and surely everyone needs their ‘alone-time’ once in a while.
Interestingly enough, the poll was commissioned by Pebble Grey, a bathroom expert according to thedad.com. They went on reveal that men prefered to retreat to the loo mostly to look at their phones. 45% of the men in the survey said that they rarely have any ‘me’ time, and that their spouses simply don’t understand. Looking at one’s phone has become the most popular way to pass the time. One can spend hours on each popular app and there’s hardly enough time to go through all the news, stories, trending posts you can find on social media these days. Still, it’s not much of a surprise that these dads prefer to use their phone during their private sessions at the bathroom.
Now that we think about it, this study would have been more illuminating had they asked moms as well. We are fairly sure that most moms also feel the same way, albeit their choice of retreat may be different. These situations aren’t mutually exclusive and parenting is an overall chore for both parents. So regardless if you’re a stay-at-home mom or a working dad, you are giving a heck-of-a-lot effort into raising your children as they are your biggest project after all. The same applies for stay at home dads and working moms. Nobody wants to be the focus of a study that says they shirk their responsibilities whilst wasting time, sitting on the toilet. But the fact of the matter is, everybody needs to find some space for themselves somehow.
A spokesman for Pebble Grey agrees, clearly hesitating to pass judgment, “We all need a little bit of time to ourselves – to take stock or switch off completely.” Yeah, we understand that and do so as well! There’s nothing wrong with it and it’s a healthy retreat if anything. However, it needn’t get in the way of one’s responsibilities. With proper planning and a good sense of timing, any parent can take care of their children, their work and still have time to themselves. Of course, it’s not going to be easy and there are days where it may feel like it’s all falling apart, but this is part of the struggle of parenting. So next time you are feeling too old, ask yourself, just how much time did you spend in the bathroom this year!