Mum shares 'genius' parenting hack that gives her a 'peaceful child-free hour' each week

MANY parents know the difficulty in getting any relaxing moments to themselves during the day. 

But one mum-of-four has revealed her “genius” hack for ensuring she gets a “peaceful child-free hour” each week.

TikTok user Kirsty Foley shared a video on her trick, and it has been viewed more than 200,000 times.

In the clip, student midwife Kirsty can be sitting in her car blissfully enjoying a chocolate doughnut during her downtime. 

The mum shared: "Parenting life hack…

"Step one: Tell other parent you're off to do the food shop.

"Step two: Grab coffee and snacks.

"Step three: Go and collect the click and collect order you already pre-ordered.

"Step four: Enjoy your peaceful child free hour+."

The mum added in a follow-up video that her husband is actually aware of the fact she does this, so she isn’t lying to him.

She said: "In lockdown, the only outing you get is the shop because you should 'Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives', so I take some extra time in the car with my husband's knowledge.

"We get our own time but this time is the only time I get to eat my own doughnut on my own without having the mum guilt of already leaving them when I spend long days working.

"So I do a two in one. When I would usually spend one hour in a shop, I now get to use that as 'self-care'."

We get our own time but this time is the only time I get to eat my own doughnut on my own without having the mum guilt of already leaving them when I spend long days working.

Many people were quick to praise her parenting hack and said they were keen to try it. 

One said: “Well I think you are a hero for sharing this.”

Another added: “Why did I not think of doing this?!!! Thank you!!”

A third joked: “My son has moved out now, so I just send my husband shopping. That's my break from him."

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Previously, a mum invented a brilliant tip to keep kids quiet by telling them they need to lie still to ‘charge’ their glow-in-the-dark pyjamas.

And an evil genius’ mum sends kids out to deliver pointless note just to get them out the house.

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