I hide in my car to watch Netflix, snack — and escape my kids

A mother hides in her car for 90 minutes a week — just to be alone and escape her kids.

Claire Haiek has three children — two boys, aged 11 and 13, and a seven-year-old girl.

The hardworking Australian mother admitted online that once a week, she takes 90 minutes to herself to gorge on snacks, eat some sushi and watch some lighthearted TV in peace.

“It’s absolute heaven to just sit and be,” the Sydney resident wrote on kidspot.com.

She enrolled her daughter Olivia in 90 minutes of tap and ballet classes and realized she wouldn’t have enough time to drive home and would just have to sit and wait.

“I thought it would be painful, but boy was I wrong!” Haiek said.

Claire Haiek sits in her car and does whatever she wants every Thursday for 90 minutes.
Claire Haiek

Haiek initially entertained ideas of taking the time to exercise but soon gave in to her true parenting desires, a weekly scheduled time slot to just relax.

She does get some exercise in at times, like when she’s walking to the grocery store for more snacks, the coffee shop for a sugary drink or the sushi restaurant for some fresh rolls.

“Most of the time though, I just lie back, gorge on snacks I don’t have to share with anyone and binge-watch something lighthearted and funny,” the mother of three shared. “Some weeks I sit on the phone with my mum or my bestie, others I just play word games on my mobile phone.”

Mom's secret snacks
Sometimes she walks to a nearby shop to get sushi rolls for her own private dinner time.
Claire Haiek
Mom hides in car watching Netflix
Most of the time, Haiek lounges in her car watching Netflix and enjoying her snacks.
Claire Haiek

There are some especially busy weeks when Haiek takes advantage of the free time to get some work or errands done, but most of the time she just takes her 90 minutes to sit back and relax.

“I’ve really started to look forward to it,” she said.

“Without crumbs on the floor begging to be vacuumed up, without a pile of ironing waiting to be pressed, without kids to feed and shower. And most importantly, without the temptation to do anything other than just sit. It’s exactly what I need by the time 5 p.m. rolls around on a Thursday evening.”

Daughter runs to car after dance practice
She says hiding in her car “has nothing to do” with her family but forces her to take the time to relax every week.
Claire Haiek

After several weeks of pulling into the same parking spot for her weekly Thursday happy hour and a half, Haiek realized that she wasn’t the only parent taking advantage of the time. She noticed a father hanging out in their car, but he hasn’t cracked the code.

Haiek noted that he had another older child in the car with him, “which may be nice for them but it’s such an amateur move.” She admitted that she once brought her son to her 90-minute free time but he really “killed the vibe.”

“So yes, I hide in my car to be alone, but it has nothing to do with my husband and kids and everything to do with forcing myself to relax.”

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