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Go Outside! And Don't Ring the Doorbell

When you become a parent, you know it is a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week job. But what keeps you going day after day is the hope that when two parents are home at the same time, you may be able to sneak in a little bit of “time off” from the job.

Come on, you know you have thought it!

You may even stay longer in the bathroom because no one is bothering you. Even though it’s not a day at the spa, it’s still bliss because the kids are with the other parent.

We have a big yard, and, even though it is pretty, it takes a lot of my husband’s time on a weekend to maintain it.

It’s not unusual for him to be outside for a good part of the day.I cannot lie. I sometimes make the kids put on their shoes and run around in the yard while Daddy is outside, too.

The first 10 minutes are a peaceful sanctuary. The house is quiet. The kids look happy. I’m happy.

By golly, I’m off the job.

It seems like the perfect time to seize the moment and do some yoga.

But then, it never fails.

Between the downward-facing dog and the mountain pose, the ringing starts.

Ding-Dong! Ding-Dong! Ding-Dong!

I do nothing.

Ding-Dong! Ding-Dong! Ding-Dong!

I really need to disconnect that doorbell.

I soon hear footsteps come in through the garage entrance. They continue up the stairs. It gets louder as they enter my workout area.

The chaos begins around me.

Looks like I’m back on the job.

How do you get "off the job?"