How a Mom Showers

In case you were wondering how a mom showers.

This post doesn’t really need much text. It is all in the image.

This happened to me this morning. And the day before that. And the day before that.

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I wonder, is it still the same if you have more than one bathroom? Do they still require entry into the one you are in?

 

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248 Responses to How a Mom Showers

  1. Kelly says:

    Yes. Yes they do. and add the husband….

    • Amber says:

      and any pets you might have living there. My cat wants in AFTER I’m in the shower, won’t come in when I invite him before though.

      • Cindy says:

        That is so true! Now that the kid is all grown up, moved away, and procreating, I have the cats yeowling at the door to be let in or, if they come in when invited, yeowling to be let out.

        • grandmas rock says:

          I have a 90 pound dog and 2 cats sitting in front of me wanting attention EVERY time I’m on the toilet. (I’ve given up on closing the door, that’s worse)

          • Murphy says:

            Oh, thank goodness my cat is not the only one who does it. I’d never seen this behavior before!

          • Ashley says:

            As long as it’s just the husband, kids and I at home, I always leave the door open. (My sister and brother in law live with us so I can’t always do that). Anyway- If it’s not the kids demanding to be in the bathroom with me whether I’m showering or peeing it’s the dogs. All five of them. Two automatically follow me in and the rest mosey in whenever they decide they have been without me for more than a couple minutes and it’s time to make sure I’m alive.

      • Michele Hays says:

        Yup – even if there is a toilet and sink elsewhere, it doesn’t stop the dog from poking her nose around the corner to lick the drips, the boy to ask me to look at his latest lego creation or to get permission for something I am not about to allow, (he’s a crafty one – nobody wants a tantrum while you’re showering) or the husband to ask where I am keeping a foodstuff he wants (um, seriously, the pantry? The fridge? The freezer? Not like it’s a huge field of options.)

        • Mannie says:

          Sometimes I wonder if they don’t live there too, they never know where anything is! My husband will sometimes say “Where’s that thing I used the other day” and first thing I say is “What thing?!?!”

      • Shannon says:

        Funny you mention the pets. My cats have figured out that if they run fast enough an parkour off the door, it opens and they free to stare at me in the shower. Creepers.

      • Stacy says:

        I used to have a cat that could turn the handle and open the door….would jump on your lap if you were on the toilet and jump IN the tub if you were having a bath. As for the kids…we have two and a half baths an it is mine they want to use. I now shower at the gym when the kids are in the gym daycare…no crying, no interruptions and unlimited hot water. All are my reasons for going 🙂

        • Bronwyn says:

          Oh Stacey, it really makes going to the gym worthwhile, doesn’t it. You made me smile.

        • Michele Hays says:

          Without recognizing the irony, when my son was small, I used to say “I go work out at the Y and use their babysitting service just so I can have a private shower.”

          Note that a half-dozen female strangers milling about in various stages of undress offer more showering privacy than the cumulative loves of your life?

      • rachel says:

        yeah, what’s with the cats and the shower? mine sits outside the shower door (it’s glass, so i can see him staring at me) and flicks his tail impatiently while i shower. every. damn. time! when i’m finally out (which apparently is forEVer in cat time), he’s in there licking up the water drops on the floor. seriously. he has a water bowl, the dog’s water bowl, a choice of 3 toilets (at least one of which SHOULD be flushed), and any number of cereal bowls left to soak in the sink. but every day, i take a shower with an audience of an impatient cat.

    • Catherine says:

      Yes. Totally. I had about thirty seconds alone the other day when the shower door opened and in stepped my naked three year old declaring she needed a shower too. Then proceeded to complain about everything. Too hot. The water is in my eyes. There’s soap in my eyes!
      GAH!! No one asked you to come in, kid!

    • jp says:

      I’m the husband and I shower the same way,.

  2. Lyz says:

    I usually just shower while they are napping or sleeping at night. But yes, if they are awake during my shower/bathroom time, most of the time one of them will come barging in.

    I gave up on privacy a long time ago!

  3. Mia says:

    We have 2 bathrooms but they ALWAYS think they need to use mine!

    • Alyson says:

      We have more than one bathroom, and they do go to the other one, however they always forget not to flush, and then I’m scalded with hot volcanic water.

  4. Lauren says:

    Two bathrooms, same exact situation. Congrats on the book, btw!

  5. Nicole says:

    Yep. Yep they do.

  6. Colleen says:

    YES! It’s the same thing with more than one bathroom. AND more than one parent in the house. And a 16 year old sister… The little ones will always want mom for some reason Ü

  7. Dawn says:

    My son has recently mastered turning door knobs…at least yours knock! Oh, and did I mention he loves to flush the toilet after he barges in? He’s going to make a great husband someday.

  8. Liza Hyde says:

    Yes, yes they have to be in YOUR bathroom. We have 3 toilets in our home, but they need to use mine as soon as I make a motion in that direction. 🙂

  9. Katie says:

    Nope….2 bathrooms and they ALL need to be in there, flushing toilets and running water and peeking in at me while I’m showering.

  10. Kimberly says:

    In answer to your question, sadly, yes.

  11. Stacey says:

    YES! Regardless of the number of bathrooms you have SOMEONE will need SOMETHING in the one you are using. EVERY SINGLE TIME you want just FIVE MINUTES PEACE.

  12. Sasha says:

    No difference at all. I bathe after they’re in bed for the evening, or I don’t bathe at all.

  13. Susannah says:

    Yes, they absolutely do need into whichever bathroom you are in.

  14. Maria says:

    Yes, yes they do. I shower at night when she’s sleeping.

  15. Bea says:

    Yes, they do. Always.

  16. Jen says:

    Yes, they do, even if you have more than one bathroom. Even if you’re at your in-laws where there are four bathrooms and no fewer than three adults (including their father) to ask.

    My question is, how do they know to wait until your head is covered in shampoo so that it can run into your eyes while you’re trying to answer/deal with them/tell them to just wait one minute!

  17. Julie Aubin says:

    Of course they do, if not for the conversation, they need help wiping. ; )

  18. Lisa says:

    It’s FAR worse when you have 1 bathroom, you’re in the shower, and your husband needs to poop.

    • Dawn says:

      Mine does that all of the time! If I can hold it until he’s out, why can’t he hold it until I’m out? And then he thinks he’s doing me a favor by not flushing so I won’t get burned? Thanks for the stink, hon, love you too.

    • Jennifer says:

      Yes, yes, yes! This JUST happened to me last weekend. We have TWO bathrooms and I was trying to take a peaceful shower until hubby barged in saying he has to poop and then our daughter followed and proceeded to just stand there and stare at me through the glass shower door. *sigh. The life of a mommy…

  19. JGo555 says:

    I like how you think I can actually shower when they are awake and out of their rooms. *Shakes head* I don’t shower until hubs’ back from work and/or they’re in bed at night.

  20. Laura says:

    Lol! Yes, yes they do… we have THREE bathrooms in our house and only two potty trained. If I dare to shower while the youngest is napping one would assume that there would be enough… no, apparently not!

  21. Lsudreamer says:

    We have 3 bathrooms… and yes, they always want to be in the one I am showering in no matter what. I have taken to leaving the doors open and just letting them in since my oldest won’t open the glass shower door and my youngest cant. AT least this way if someone is screaming, I can sort of hear it over the water? *Referencing your post regarding silence and children-nothing good happens when the kids are too quiet* I do have a little fun though… nothing like splash water over the top and having it “rain” on someone or my personal favorite… hitting the glass door with the soapy loofa when they smoosh their faces to it. They think its hilarious.

  22. Meganne says:

    We went from one bathroom to 3 and yes, it is still the same. I seriously believe that the more bathroom, the more likely they are to come in. Lol

  23. Kbee says:

    Same thing happened to me yesterday. And the day before. And the day before. Always with other available bathrooms. If I had any brain left at all I’d pretend to be going to take a shower in order to promote potty training…

    And then my son wants to know why I’m not wearing his favorite white, soft shirt while in the shower. Insert hysterics.
    (His. Not mine. Mostly).

  24. Rebecca says:

    Thank goodness someone else only has 1 bathroom too. And for me it is my 17 month old daughter who climbs into the shower with me, apparently just being in the bathroom isn’t close enough.

  25. Diana says:

    With two bathrooms (for me) they TRY but I just lock it and tell them I need some privacy… I wonder when they’ll start locking doors and telling me they need privacy…

  26. Aunt LoLo says:

    Oh…yes. We have three full bathrooms, and the kids still need to use mine. Because it “doesn’t smell bad.” Even better? My shower is plate glass on two sides. Excellent. Privacy is NON EXISTENT in my home. (Now ask me about the time my son let the house cleaner in while I was in the shower, but just finished, so the water was turned off, and they decided to start in my bathroom. And it was one of the times when husband and wife came together. Guess which one got a free show? ARGH.)

  27. Courtney says:

    Ohhhh hell no.My shower time is MY time. If I can’t shower alone and in complete peace, I skip it for a day. Sometimes 2. ITS GOOD FOR MY DRY SKIN OK?
    Either the kids are asleep or hubby is home or BOTH. I need my alone time or everyone suffers.

  28. Gretchen says:

    I sooo feel your pain and frustration. We have six people in the house and only one bathroom.

  29. joanne says:

    Mine are nine. They still come in when I’m showering to either complain about each other, or try to talk to me, while I can’t hear them over the running water. Then they critique my naked body through the glass door (I have girls).

  30. Merissia says:

    My kids have to follow me everywhere even to pee lol its nuts if I shut the door the oldest is banging on it going mom mom open the door lol it never changes.

  31. Nora N says:

    We have 2 bathrooms but the 2nd was was barely finished so my 6 yr old step son was still trying to use the 1st one, while we were in it, when there was a perfectly brand new bathroom upstairs. Children *rolls eyes*!

  32. Judy says:

    um it used to be like this with my two kids..Now its like this with my 6 grand kids..LOL

  33. Paula says:

    4 bathrooms and still…but my showers are beautiful and quiet.
    After 9pm. When everybody (even my husband) is in bed.

  34. Paige says:

    Yes they do. Add dogs to the mix ( who also like to scratch at the door or sit on my feet while I’m using the bathroom)
    In addition to the kids need to pee/poop while I’m in the shower, they also need to tattle on their sibling, show me a picture/ card/ Lego creation they have made for me in the 2 mins I have been showering, or tell me something really, really important that usually sounds like this…. Them: Mooooommm! I need to tell you something important! Me: yes? What’s the really important thing you have to tell me that can’t wait an additional 3 mins until I’m out of the bathroom? Them: ummmm…… Ummmmm…. I forget!
    🙂

    • Tori says:

      or…..ummmm….I love you. Hard to be mad at that one! My dog whines at the door if I shut it. And the cat comes in and paces between the two shower curtains so the inner one sticks to me!

      And I also have given up and just leave the door open. Mine are 10 and 13 now. I do miss seeing their little fingers under the door when they couldn’t figure out how to open it.

  35. lenore says:

    SO… mine just turned 3. Like 2 weeks ago. If I don’t lock the bathroom door, he comes in while I am showering, lets all of the cold drafty air in, and starts trying to put magnets (he loves his alphabet refrigerator magnets) into the toilet. Or he starts trying to lick the toilet. Or he starts pawing at the toilet paper roll like every cat I have ever owned, until it is absolutely everywhere. And I have to drag him out, which is awkward. Because I’m nude, and drenched, and I have shampoo in my eyes, and I’m absolutely freezing.
    If I DO lock the bathroom door, he’s hysterical. I rush through my shower, because I can hear him sobbing hysterically on the other side of the door. And seeing his tiny chubby fingers wiggling underneath the door as he screams for me is so absolutely heartwrenching and pathetic.
    The bottom line is that I haven’t had the time to shave my legs in three years. And two weeks.

    • Rachel says:

      LOL and my husband always wonders/complains that my legs are hairy.

      • Debbie says:

        Everytime I run out of the shower nude/wet/soap covered/freezing, I think of every Hollywood actress who’s ever had to be nude as “part of the character.” And no, that character is never a mom. Ever.

  36. ArkEteKchic says:

    Yep! We have 3 bathrooms but if I’m in the shower my son insists on coming into my bathroom, he will make up every excuse in the book why he can’t use another one. Many times he will also insist on getting in with me. He also likes to bring the dog with him and show the dog that I’m in the shower. Sometimes he locks the dog in the bathroom with me :-/ There’s no such thing as privacy when you are a mother!

  37. Paula says:

    I’ve just started bathing in Lysol. It helps keep the flies at bay and I get the added bonus of a fresh, clean scent. o_O
    Seriously, though… no private time at all. Mine are 9 and 4 and if I tell them to get out and let Mommy have some alone time in the bathroom they look at me as though I’ve just smacked them. *rolls eyes*
    The upside for them is watching me freak out and clean up whatever mess they’ve caused in the 5 minutes I was frantically scrubbing myself. :p

  38. ericka says:

    my son does this too and hes 6.
    he just wants to be where i am. he mostly plays on my bed though (the bathroom off the bedroom is right there by the bed, and the shower is right inside the door.. which is open. so hes close. LOL)

  39. Miranda says:

    They insist on being with me and talking to me the whole time. My husband even made it a habit of holding them up so they could watch me shower…from above. Not cool my friend.

    • Jen Kellin says:

      lol – My husband has done the same thing. Weird how I don’t send the kids into the bathroom with him when HE’S showering! …Maybe I should. Then lock the door.

  40. Michelle says:

    I generally get them totally ready to leave for the day, set them up with a cartoon and separate blankets (for bickering sake) with their waters and some sort of snack like a small bowl of crackers. Then I have a good 20min to shower and dress in peace. Tsk a has worked for about 2 years, but it could go to hell anyday…

  41. Elizabeth Beckman says:

    Pulls back the shower curtain, “Hi mama! Mama shower! Mama wet! Hi Mama!”
    Starts pulling out her tub toys, “Mama, look! Lou play ducks! Mama play ducks, too!”
    Throws ducks into tub. Silent for two full seconds. Begins to cry.
    “Mama, Lou drop ducks! Waaaa! Waaaa! Mama help! Help Mama!”
    I bend over, pick up ducks, put them back on side of the tub.
    Pulls out penguin toys. Repeat.

  42. Amy says:

    My son has decided it’s absolutely necessary to shower with me every single morning. He cries and bangs on the door until I give up and let him in. Can’t remember the last time I actually had a shower on my own. Those were the days…

  43. Alison says:

    haha so true…we have two bathrooms and doesn’t matter which one i’m in that’ll be the one they desperately need into as soon as I step in the shower 🙂

  44. Amy says:

    I usually get a bloodcurdling scream, accompanied by, “Mom! I have an emergency!”

    I am ready to leap, naked, out of the shower to retrieve a stump, call 911, and put ice on everything as I ask, “What!?!?!”

    The response comes quietly,
    “I’m hungry.”

  45. Kara G. says:

    WAIT A SECOND!!! You get TWO whole minutes to yourself?! I’m jealous! I’m lucky if they don’t start the second the door is closed!

  46. Liza says:

    I have not peed, pooped or showered with the door closed in 5 years. My son is disturbed when I take a shower because he “can’t see me” and requests that I take a bath instead. (Which I don’t because I am not a total doormat – but I may replace my current shower curtain with a clear one 🙂

  47. Sara says:

    Yes it’s the same with more than one. And I believe it’s the power of suggestion when you ask. So I now sneak out of the room like I’m doing laundry and hop in before they know it.

  48. Lisa Lutes says:

    The upside to this is that my husband no longer takes 30 minute poops or hour long showers right when I need him to help. The second he’s lingering too long in there I tell my 3 year old to ‘go find daddy’. Our bathroom door doesn’t latch let alone lock…

  49. SAY IT AGAIN PLEASE. /
    I CAN’T HEAR IN THE SHOWER. /
    “MOM, ARE YOU DRESSED YET?”

  50. Chrissy says:

    I don’t even shut the bathroom door when I shower, that’s just inviting someone to slash their head open and require stitches.

  51. DeAnn says:

    Yes, they do . . . and all at the same time.

  52. Kate says:

    Two bathrooms mean they all have to go at the same time. My husband prefers to poop while I’m showering because “the stuff you use makes it smell better” after he told me that I no longer worry about doing things like running water while he is in the shower.

  53. Christie says:

    I switched to evening showers since I’m not brave enough to leave my son on his own for 15 minutes yet, but it’s been hotly contested since the day he was born. First when he *had* to nurse right that minute to now when I’m not available to husband or son for 20 minutes or so. The longer the better.

  54. Jill says:

    Nope, doesn’t matter if you have one, two, or a gazillion bathrooms they only need/want to get into the one you are currently occupying. However, I have recently discovered that if I tell my daughter that I am folding laundry in the bedroom and ask her to help, she’ll ignore me for the next half-hour for fear of actually having to fold and put away her clean clothes. Works like a charm!

  55. Christina says:

    I’m not even a mom, but this happens to me constantly. My boyfriend can sit on the computer for 10 hours, never moving. The minute I get in the shower, he has to pee. /headshake

  56. Nancy Williams says:

    My daughter has her own bathroom that no one uses her. So she uses mine, of course. Our cat will drink water only out of my bathroom sink. My husband, God love his soul, stays the hell out!

  57. Emily says:

    This is why I got a membership to a gym that has childcare. After my workout, I get to shower and get ready while someone else watches my kids. It is the best motivation for exercise ever invented!

  58. Myrinda says:

    I also try to shower before my kids get up too, but I don’t really care if the kids come in while I’m in there…we have a 2 story, so the bathroom with the shower is the one upstairs. I’d rather have a little visitor than a puddle of pee to clean up, lol!

  59. Rachael says:

    If I even mention “shower” near my children, they immediately start ripping their clothes off. **sigh** I don’t get many showers alone anymore. >.<

    • Albie says:

      I don’t have to mention shower…they see me heading toward the bathroom and start begging, “can I shower with you, look I got my clothes already?!” They don’t actually care about showering with me (sometimes they change their mind and want a bath by the time I get there, or are happier if I get out first)….I think it is more that they want to be within a few feet of me! Oh, mine are 5 and 3,5 year old twins. So this has gone on for a while, and I expect several more years to go before I can shower alone without an alarm at ridiculous hours of the morning.

  60. I have one extra. I have two cats who refuse to let me shower, pee or poop alone, and hurl themselves at the bathroom door, if I shut it, try and get in the bath (my cats are weird, they like water) or sit on the toilet seat watching me, which is most disconscerting. Add a curious 6 year old “why do you have boobs Mum, and Daddy doesn’t?” “Why do you have hair down there and why is it THAT colour?” “What are these?” (as she rummages through my “personal” items, and then throw in an almost 3 year old who likes to put things down the toilet, run the taps and make “puddles” and generally get into stuff in the 5 minutes I am trying to wash my hair and get myself smelling better and you have my bathroom time!

  61. Dee says:

    Nope. Don’t you go wasting money on more bathrooms. We have two, yet my 2 year old specifically wants to be in the bathroom when I’m in there, even if I’m just escaping for 5 min of peace when she’s with her dad. She will want to brush her teeth or play with her ducks or climb on the towel rod or sit on the toilet – with her nappy on. Perhaps she really doesn’t want mum to feel lonely… Bless her!

  62. Robin says:

    If my youngest son is napping in the master bedroom, my eldest son insists that he must use the master bathroom instead of the hall bathroom, banging the doors and waking his brother.

  63. Melissa K says:

    The other day I went to “just” use the bathroom in our upstairs bathroom. I said this out loud to my husband so that he would know to keep the kids (2 and 5), downstairs with him… less than 1 minute after I close the bathroom door I hear my 2-year old at the door calling me. Then she says “foot” – I look at the space between the door and the floor to see her toes sticking through, LOL! Like she figures if ALL of her can’t be in the bathroom with me than at least a part of her can be!

  64. Jen A says:

    I didn’t realize how easy I have it. I put my 2 year old in his room with a baby gate, give him my iPad, and I get a whole 45 minutes to shower and get ready. He sometimes takes all his clothes out of the dresser, but it’s worth it.

  65. katherine says:

    You should have done “how a man showers” as well:
    1) not asking beforehand if anyone needs the bathroom
    2) pooping first for 20+ min
    3) showering for 15+ min

    I still remember your “where is papa when we need to go” comic and the hypothesis was that he was pooping…. 😉

    • Yoli says:

      THIS!!!! My husband does this ALL OF THE TIME!!! He’ll announce said shower plans, and then stroll out, 15 minutes later (not yet showered) but shaved looking for a towel to go hop in the shower! I need to start doing this…

      • Rachel says:

        Ugh. Same here. “Honey, we’re in a hurry, you have 10 minutes.” 10 minutes later, a flush and the shower turns on. *sigh*

        • Jerrie says:

          Rachel, your husband and mine were separated at birth.
          It’s worse when he knows we’re headed to a family function, like Thanksgiving dinner!

  66. Amber says:

    Yup. Hubby likes to come in and poop in the quick (5 min if I’m lucky) shower. Comon. Hold it for 2 min, keep the toddler out for 2 min. Even the cat meows and wants in. I’m not gone forever!!! PROMISE!

  67. Sheila says:

    I usually take my kid with me to the bathroom coz he keeps banging the door when i’m taking a shower.

  68. Hayley says:

    Yep. We have 3 bathrooms, and if I shower when my daughter is not napping, she always wants to come in. And as another commenter said, the husband does it too! =D

  69. Kali says:

    I just leave the door cracked open. It’s pointless to resist.

  70. Aleigh says:

    Yes, they do. But I think it’s actually my fault. We have (a) a main bathroom with a shower, (b) a half bath off my bedroom, and (c) a creepy, grotesque man half bath in the basement that I refuse to use. But I have unintentionally claimed (b) as my own because it is where I put on my makeup. I think my son and husband see it as a sacred inner sanctum where they are not allowed. To be fair, there is a lot of makeup in there. At any rate, when I’m in the shower and my son needs the bathroom, I suggest (okay, shout) that he should use the other toilet. He responds, “I can’t!” He can’t articulate why he can’t. He just…can’t. And of course I’m not going to send him to the gross male troll bathroom, so I have no choice but to sigh and open the door.

  71. Elizabeth Puljic says:

    We have 2 bathrooms, one downstairs, next to the boys bedroom, and one upstairs; technically our en-suite. The boys use ours ALL THE TIME!! For any toilet need, and to bath/shower. And when I am in the shower, it seems to be an open invitation to come in a nd use the facilities too, or report any wrong doing by their brother. Oh, and they NEVER close the door behind them when they leave!!

  72. Melissa says:

    I thought I solved this very problem by putting the 3yo in front of the TV and the 18 month old in the crib while I showered. Instead, I just created a new game called “Bury the 18 month old in as many toys as you can fit in the crib in the 3 minutes mommy is showering.” It must be super fun because the 3yo will.not.stop.

    • Liam G says:

      For a minute there, I misread and thought that you ordered the latter game. Seemed like a good idea to me! Then again, I’m only an uncle, and one a bit reminiscent of the “Cat in Hat.” 😉

  73. Megan says:

    Yep my son always needs something. As for my 2 year old daughter she doesnt believe that mommy should ever use the shower without her in it so I have to do the fun arching my back to keep from covering her in my dirty shampoo when I rinse . However this is still better than having to shower with the sliding door open with two observers or having to keep my foot infront of the alidsing door so they can’t open it.

    • Lindsey says:

      Try buying one of those removable shower heads for $10..at least then you won’t have to arch, you can be anywhere. Plus I find them invaluable for hosing little kids down in the tub!

  74. Lindsey says:

    Despite asking if anyone needs the bathroom first, and giving them snacks and cartoons, about 39 seconds into my shower the first needs to poop, the second thinks hmm that’s a great idea and comes in to wait, then take his turn, and then the third joins the poop shower party. All while my littlest picks up everything in the bathroom she can find and tosses it in the shower with me (since she only poops in a diaper she has to join in somehow!). I spend my showers begging and bribing them out of there, which usually only lasts one minute before they come back to try to negotiate something better. Sigh, I’m tired already!

  75. J says:

    It never fails that I am rinsing out my shampoo when my husband walks into the bathroom holding the youngest (now 2) so they can “say hi”. UGH. LEAVE ME ALONE!

  76. Liam G says:

    Might trying faking them out. Pretend to start the shower. Wait two minutes. Hear them knock. Let them in (the kids, the husband, and the pets). Shower. 🙂

  77. Amanda says:

    yes! even with 2 bathrooms they always need the one I am in while showering

  78. Tammy says:

    Mine wont even allow me to shower on my own, the only way to shower this morning was to bring him into the shower with me!

  79. Suzzie says:

    I’m lucky if my 3 yr old doesn’t just get in with me. I hear the little voice and before I know it someone has climbed in. Good luck shaving anything. Ever. Pregnant with baby 2. I’m trying to figure out how that scenario will play out.

  80. Julieta says:

    Oh yeah, We have 4 bathrooms but anytime I shower it becomes the most popular room in the house. My favorite is my 4 year old opening the door non-stop to ask if I am done yet. Nothing like leaving the shower more stressed out than when I entered.

  81. Ashley says:

    I always have an audience. My girls are not yet three and follow me around like shadows. If I was to shut the door, they’d freak. So they sit themselves down on a stool and ask about everything I’m doing.

  82. Kathy says:

    Five kids and we FINALLY added a second bathroom, a beautiful powder room. I love it. My kids on the other hand refuse to use it, I assume because there is never a mom showering in it.

  83. Polly says:

    I sing my ‘go away song’ to my kids – the lyrics are very simple consisting of ‘Go away, go away, go away’ repeated at louder and louder volume until they give up trying to talk to me and actually go away. At this point the song can be finished with a jubilant ‘Hurrah’ ‘Thank the Lord’ or ‘Whoopee’. I find that as time goes on the song gets shorter. One day I hope to be able to dispense with it altogther.

    • Do you mind if I steal your song? I promise to give you full credit when the kids tell me how much they hate it, LOL

      • Tanya says:

        This is brilliant! I am going to add this to my routine which now consists of locking both my bedroom and bathroom doors prior to getting in the shower (there are 2 other full bathrooms at their disposal). I find the two locked doors, bathroom fan (and NOW singing) successfully blocks out most of the chaos of four kids, 1 cat and 1 dog for 15 minutes or so!

  84. We have 1 bathroom and I’m pretty sure the kids’ bladders are somehow connected to mine. The 5 year old even figured out that if she body slams the locked bathroom door it opens.
    Hubby took a shower while taking care of the 5 year old and 5 month old yesterday and expressed his disbelief that I would have such a hard time finding the time for a shower when the kids are awake. I, ahem, nicely pointed out that of the two kids he was in charge of, one was old enough to stay out of trouble and the other couldn’t get into trouble yet. He was not in charge of the 2 year old who was with me running errands. The 2 year old who loves to throw tantrums, hurt his sisters, destroy things, and raid the fridge.

  85. Gretchen says:

    My toddler has recently decided he needs to stand outside the shower and continuously be handed bottles of shower products to line up along the edge of the tub. Its a really relaxing bathing experience to constantly have “soap!” yelled at you as you hand out your shampoo and have it knocked back into the tub.

  86. amber says:

    yes. and now that my son is three and half he is like a moth to the light when it comes to seeing me naked. he gets a big smile on his face, forgets what he’s trying to tell me and instead says ‘mom you have big boobs!’ ay yi yi

  87. Rebekah says:

    I must have done something right, because my girls (ages 6 and 4) leave me alone when I shower (at least 85% of the time). However, when I want to soak in the tub, well, that’s another story. Maybe the fact that I usually spray them with the shower hose when they come in has something to do with it.

  88. Linda says:

    Or when you have to go (#2 of course) in the household of a 3.5 year old.
    Me:”do you need to go potty?”
    Daughter: “No.”
    M: “ok, do you need to poop?”
    D:”no”
    M: ” Ok, I am going to go potty, ok?”
    D: “ok”
    *one min later when you are in the middle of the business, she comes into the bathroom*
    D:”I have to poop!!!!”
    M: “ok, go use the other bathroom” (10 feet away)
    D: “nooooo!!!! I want to use this one!!!!! I will wait for you.”
    So you pinch it off, because you don’t want to clean up her mess.

  89. Jess says:

    I just end up showering with mine half the time. The other half of the time, she comes in to take a poo on the potty. I don’t know what it is…maybe the warm steam creates a relaxing atmosphere. But, let’s just say that hot steam + stinky poo = quick shower.

  90. Erica says:

    We have 2 bathrooms, but for whatever reason that bathroom I am showering becomes the ONLY bathroom in the house while I’m showering. It becomes the social hub of the house. My 3 year old will come in and have long detailed conversations with me and scamper away leaving the door wide open and me freezing. Never fails.

  91. Devon says:

    Man, I go through this all the time!! We have two bathrooms, but the other one is downstairs where the kids aren’t supposed to go unsupervised.

    Usually, both kids (5 and 2) and the golden retriever (and sometimes even the cat, if she’s being extra needy and it overrides her hatred of the other three) end up in the bathroom. Sometimes, like today, the 5-year-old decides to have a “critter party”, or something like that (I assume he heard it on one of his shows), and called the dog and the 2-year-old into the bathroom, after I told him two or three times to go into the living room and shut the door behind him.

    Inevitably, if I shower in the afternoon, the 5-year-old has to poop, like, five minutes before I’m done. Today, the 2-year-old also came in saying he was stinky. This, of course, results in having to wash my hands twice after a shower, before even putting my clothes on.

    Mommyhood is FUN! 😛

  92. Amy says:

    I have given up the dream of showering alone. As soon as a turn on the water at least 1 child (I have 2) magically appear. I have mastered the art of 45 second showers minus hair washing and leg shaving. This a skill I’m willing to teach should anyone wish to take my ninja showering class, it’s distance ed, no practical component so yu want have to see me naked 😉

  93. Lana says:

    I haven’t showered alone pretty much ever. As a child in a big family and one bathroom I had plenty of company from siblings and while I was younger parents. Then I got married and with water restrictions hubby and I showered together most of the time.. then first baby boy became mobile and started joining us in there too. and Now the younger baby joined the shower club when he started crawling too.

  94. Emily says:

    I held my super clingy 9 month old daughter on my lap the other day while I took a crap because she was crying and I didn’t want her to wake up my sleeping husband. New low in parenting.

    • Suzanne says:

      Don’t feel too bad, I have done this on more than one occasion with my super clingy son.

    • Kim says:

      I used to pee with my daughter in the hug a bub carrier when she was tiny. Too hard to take it off!

      • Robonanny says:

        Yup, me too. I used to take my son to rugby matches (me spectating, obviously!) in the frontpack. He’d fall asleep, I’d need the loo… well, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

  95. Erica says:

    which is why I only shower after I put the girls on the bus to school before the baby wakes up or during his nap time SMH

  96. Suzanne says:

    We have three bathrooms and whichever one I am using, either I am at the toilet or in the shower, will be the one that all three children will need to use or just congregate in. They are known to put on surprise shows and dancing displays for my benefit, at the one moment I just want five minutes of privacy. Love my kids!!!

  97. Nicole Seifert says:

    😀 It is absolutely this way here too! My kids (8 and 5) ALWAYS have to ask me questions or they want to show me something or they are hungry or or or. I told them once that when I am in the bathroom, it means that they have to wait until I am out. Somehow they did not hear me. Or did not understand. But…what I really would NEVER do is to let someone in to poop right next to me while I am taking a shower! Well, little kids might be ok, but the husband? Seriously???

    • Kim says:

      I agree. There is no way in hell my hubby would dream of doing that while I was in the shower even if we did have just one bathroom.

      Even if he did dream about it, he’d be cut short by the lock on the door!

  98. Wendy says:

    Teehee! Some of mine are old enough they have learned how to unlock the door. They would unlock it and let their little brother in because he was crying (because he couldn’t get in!) so I would end up showering single-handedly and/or fighting off a foot cramp from battling him to keep the shower curtain clothed. Ah, the joys. =)

  99. Chelsea says:

    I’ve given up and just leave the door wide open when I’m in the shower. No privacy for Mom!

  100. Hannah says:

    Love it! My 2nd old loves to join me in the shower and it’s driving me nuts! But she hates having her hair washed, so I’ve taken to telling her if she joins mummy in the shower she has to wash her hair. It’s been 2 weeks and I’ve had 10-15 minute showers everyday while she draws or plays with blocks in the doorway. I don’t care if she’s in the bathroom as long as she isn’t showering with me! Although I’m pregnant with number 2 so we’ll see how long this tactic works.

  101. Sandy says:

    Yup! We have 3 bathrooms but somehow my daughter always comes in to “check on me” then proceeds to open my drawers, play with my counter top items & generally make another mess for me to clean!

  102. Kelly says:

    My 17 year old son no longer needs to be in the bathroom with me but does feel the best time to talk is only and always through my closed bathroom door. My 9 year old daughter still finds it to be entirely appropriate to read, draw, or play with her Kindle Fire inside my private master bath while it is occupied by me. Apparently the best time to view and appreciate artwork is while on the toilet… 🙂

  103. Briony says:

    I just don’t bother to shower very often – but as I’m just in the studio in overalls with only clay and plaster for company most of the week I kinda get away with it. I try not to get too close to the other mums on the school run, and when I’m in my overalls they tend to steer clear of me!

    My crappy baby can now open doors, and he hasn’t even turned 2 yet.

  104. Sarah says:

    yep no privacy – even when on the loo for a poo the other day toddler 2 “can i sit on your lap?” arghhhh!!!

  105. Erica says:

    So what Gigi needs is for me to write animal names on the glass shower door while I’m in there. WOE BETIDE me if I stop writing animal names, or if I write animal names she doesn’t know. So I am scrubbing my face or washing out shampoo, and all the while etching out “KANGAROO” — and it has to be backwards of course, so she can read it — just to buy one more minute of self-sanitation.

  106. JJ says:

    the book is availalbe 26th march huh :p

  107. Ana says:

    I have had 3 bathrooms, and they only want to be in the one Mom is in. I have even threatened to take a shower, just to get them to want to suddenly wash the stink off of them!

  108. Jo says:

    Mine usually just really really need to rip each other’s hair out when i’m in the shower. And occasionally my littlest uses this time to eat some dog food. I love showers.

  109. Katie D says:

    I stopped closing any door to the bathroom or bedroom years ago. If it’s not the kids fighting, climbing onto the top of the fridge to raid for a goodie, the cats poking around wondering what’s going on or my husband deciding he’s going to talk to me while I shower, take a poop while I shower, or worse think he can get in with me, then it’s usally the time the hot water runs out and I spend about 30 seconds in ice cold hell.

  110. Miriam says:

    That’s why I leave the door open!

  111. Jenny says:

    I can’t remember the last time I showered alone. My boys – 3.5 years and 18 months – love to shower. We started making them shower with us in the morning because it saved time – this lead to an unnatural love of showering. Now I can’t even say the word shower around my youngest without him stripping down and heading to the bathroom saying “I show”. If I had known it would lead to me never being able to shower alone again I would have taken the extra few minutes to throw them in the bath.

  112. Karin says:

    We have three bathrooms. And whichever one I’m in is the one they want to use. Because it’s the best one at the moment.

    My kids also try to climb in the shower with me almost daily. I say “almost” because I don’t get a shower in every day (sometimes the baby uses his baby powers to keep me from taking one).

  113. Sarah G says:

    Just today I had to get an awake time shower. Not 2 mins in and they tell me the house is ON FIRE! I do not panic, they have NO idea how to start a fire and we have working smoke detectors(not even mentioning their over active imaginations). I am still really rushing just in case but make them describe the fire.
    And it was the steam from the dryer vent outside.
    So even without emergencies they imagine up good stuff too. But if they are all standing around talking to me they are at least safe. 🙂

  114. Sara says:

    Yes. Even when the husband is home and capable of taking said child to her own bathroom….

  115. Cindy says:

    My boys are teenagers, but they still think I can fix the Internet (fail) from the shower (epic fail).

  116. Lisa says:

    At least you managed to get the door closed in the first place!

  117. Kate says:

    I don’t know about the kids (mine is still 6 months old), but the following happened in my house last week…
    Me: I am going to have a bath, can you watch the baby for half an hour?
    Husband: Yeah, sure.
    *runs hot bubble bath*
    Me: ok I’m getting in the bath now. Do you need to go in the bathroom or need anything from me before I do?
    Husband: No, Im ok.
    *Less than 5 mins later*
    BANG BANG BANG
    Husband: Kate, I need to go. It can’t wait!

    So I had to get out of my lovely hot bath and shiver in a towel and bubbles while he went.
    Urgh!

  118. Amanda N. says:

    Yes. In my experience, the bathroom I am currently occupying is the only suitable bathroom in the house. Sometimes I lock the door and figure I can just mop up the floor later (to my credit, he’s only peed on the floor once and that was when he was just starting potty training, the door was closed but NOT locked, and I did let him in to go that time, it just wasn’t fast enough to catch the whole pee)…<..> Cruel, I know.

  119. Elizabeth says:

    Oh my Lord, you’ve sneaked into my life and spied on me! I realized one day I had 2 kids, a cat, and a 70-lb dog in the (small) bathroom with me while I was showering and thought, good heavens, people! We have 1200 square feet! Can you pick a different 1175 of it to be in!?

  120. hahahahahahaha says:

    Mine always has to poop (which means I need to wipe his butt) right after I sit down to nurse his sister. hahaha

  121. Lauren says:

    You get showers?!

    I just gave that up after a week straight of finding poop all over my son’s room EVERY TIME I SHOWERED. I switched my shower times around. I took him to the bathroom multiple times before my attempt. It didn’t matter.

    So, I’ve now developed a strong paranoia about poop, and I wait until my husband gets home to be clean and unsmelly.

  122. Jennifer says:

    I HAVE to leave my bathroom door open in the morning when I’m getting ready, or else I get screamed at by my 22 month old. That or he comes and opens the door and then tries to open the shower doors. I had to buy those kiddie-proof drawer stoppers and put some on my bloody shower doors so I could shower in peace without having to use my foot as a door stop and contort into weird positions to wash/rinse my hair. Seriously.

  123. Betsy says:

    http://www.amazon.com/Five-Minutes-Peace-Jill-Murphy/dp/0698117875/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363647199&sr=8-1&keywords=five+minutes+peace+by+jill+murphy
    please go buy this book and then read it to your children. It is perfect. I always read it in an exasperated British accent.

  124. Two bathrooms here, too. If I insisted on showering with the door locked, I would not really get to shower. 😛

    (I also admit to sharing the kid’s bath some days to skip the shower. If he’s allowed to hop in with me, I’m damn well allowed to hop in with him when he’s having one first.)

  125. Nancy says:

    The last time I tried to have privacy I stuck my head out of the shower to find 4 kids, 2 cats and the dog all gathered in the room getting drinks, going potty, eating the soap, etc So now to trick them all I leave the door open. For some reason an open door means Mom isn’t doing anything interesting and I actually get a few minutes to myself!

  126. jen says:

    Sadly, we don’t even shut the door anymore…it’s just pointless. Plus my youngest at 5, has figured out how to pick the bathroom and bedroom door locks anyhow *sigh* I’m saving up now to be able to post his bail later on 🙁

  127. Anna says:

    yep….I had a cheese and bacon biscuit/cracker crushed into my belly button whilst on the toilet yesterday…..

  128. Jessica says:

    I will have no part of sharing shower time. I wake up very early to take a shower in peace. There is no one to bother me. If someone does happen to need something they know better to wait till i am done. It is the only real me time I get. 🙂 I also helps that my husband, six year girl are late sleepers. And the one year will wake up after I take a shower and are ready. Just working on her to late sleeper to get my morning back.

  129. Melissa says:

    My son comes in and sets his Little People up on the toilet seat. So when I get out not only do I have him sitting there watching me but 20 Little People as well. lol.

  130. Bethany says:

    Yeah, I shower while she’s sleeping I need the “me” time. Hahahahaha, me time, that’s funny.

  131. ACsMama says:

    Ha. I just make the munchkin shower with me. Hopefully by the time she’s old enough to be embarrassed by that, she’ll stay out! But she does this to DH all the time (he showers in the afternoons b/c he works evenings) – as soon as the shower turns on – “I need to go POTTTTTYYYYYY!!!!” 🙂

  132. Cheryl P. says:

    When it is just my child (3 yr old) and myself, I keep the door unlocked in case of emergencies, knocks at the door, etc. I put on a show or movie he likes to keep him “occupied.” Doesn’t always work. And yes, we have two bathrooms and yet I am bombarded all the time. The first question after I step into the shower that my son has witnessed me entering, “Are you taking a shower, Mommy?” “Yes.” “I don’t like showers.” “Yes, I know.” “Are you almost done, Mommy?” “No, I just got in the shower, Honey.” “Oh, okay. Bye.” That’s not a good sign. From within the shower I can now hear him running around the house after the dog. (The dog is scared of him.) So, I yell, “STOP CHASING THE DOG OR YOU LOSE A TRAIN!” (He loves trains!) I hear the noise stop. That’s not a good sign either. There has been only one time when I was in the shower that I did not exit with a frightened dog, toys thrown everywhere, and a new movie in the DVD player but all the other times, it has been a mess after the shower.

  133. Lidia says:

    Wow. You take daily showers. Lucky you.

  134. Crystal says:

    This is why my shower usually happens at 1am…after my daughter has her bath and my husband has his shower, and usually I still wait until after my daughter is asleep. That is pretty much my only “me” time.

  135. Sheili says:

    Always! We have 2 full baths and one half so it doesn’t matter how many bathrooms there are in the house. haha It doesn’t matter what they (4yo, 22mo boys) are doing. They hear the shower come on and they both HAVE to be inside the bathroom. They’ll bring whatever toy they were playing with too. Because you know, the best place to play is in the bathroom if mom is taking a shower. There is no privacy until they’re both in bed sleeping.

  136. Liz says:

    If I even dare to lock the bathroom door, the 3 year old throws a very loud tantrum. Really? You have to watch me pee? REALLY?!

  137. Laura says:

    Mine undress themselves and hop in with me (3 yrs and nearly 2yrs). I think I prefer that to the quiet destruction that has gone on in the past though (usually helping themselves to the pantry, tipping things over the floor). Unless my husband is home 🙂

  138. Madeleine says:

    Mine don’t need the toilet when I’m in the shower but they tend to need me for some reason- itchy teeth, frightened toes, possible paper cut…

  139. Toni adams says:

    My 4yo filmed her daddy in the shower the other day using her iPod touch. Lucky daddy spotted her and then reviewed and deleted the footage. Can you imagine the next time she was showing her friends her latest videos lol

  140. LYNDSEY says:

    About to get in the shower now, never alone, bathing with the 1.5 and 3.5 year old. I can’t imagine a shower alone these days! Good timing:)

  141. Katrina says:

    Lol! Your blog makes me laugh so hard sometimes!!! I feel your pain, for me it’s 2 cats, 2 dogs, 2 kids, a husband & just then the phone rings & I’m the only one who answers the phone!

  142. Beth says:

    I’ve always said there must be a sensor on my toilet, because every time I sit down on it, my daughter starts calling my name.

  143. Nice Loki says:

    I cannot remember the last time I was able to have a shower or go to the toilet alone (if pushed, I would have to guess at sometime around the year 1999!)

    If I take a shower, I have the 2 kittens sitting at the open bathroom door watching me, as soon as I’m out of the shower they come in and start drinking the water puddles on the floor, and then I’m treated to the lovely attentions of Moxxi who insists on licking the water droplets off my legs!
    If I go to use the toilet I usually have either my husband standing there talking to me or my DS who (even at 6) still follows me to the bathroom.
    If I’m especially lucky and neither of them show up, then that’s just an invitation for my older cat to visit and want the bathroom tap turning on a little so he can jump up to the sink and have a drink.
    Which in turn gets the 2 kittens all curious, so they both come gambolling in and promptly attack everything in sight, including the towels on the towel rails, the waste bin in the corner, standing up and sniffing the toilet that I’m sitting on and the latest trick is for my little ginger boy (who is addicted to shredding paper) to sit at my feet and wait for me to get some toilet roll, at which point he then lunges for it and tries to snatch it from me, we end up wrestling together and if I’m really lucky, I manage to get a soggy strip of toilet paper back!

    It’s a good job I’m not concerned about privacy, because there’s precious little of it in our household. LOL.

  144. Heather Garcia says:

    I have not showered or pooped alone in over 5 years. I used to close the door when I went to the bathroom but then they would just knock on the door and try even though it was locked to open it. Now when I poop they both grab step stools and sit next to me… ummm ok. Showering by myself yup that has not happened for years either, even if I start out by myself, that is when a Barbie needs to be dressed or there is a masterpiece that I must see that instant. But when my husband poops or showers they could care less, lucky bastard!!!

  145. Erin says:

    he he he. Reverse psychology seems to be working here. I leave the door open and she leave me alone.

  146. Jody says:

    You get the whole bathroom to yourself?????

  147. alison says:

    I just leave the door open and have a lovely conversation with whomever pops in. I am happy that we are all comfortable being nude in front of each other.

  148. DianeMargaret Miller says:

    I don’t even bother to shut the door anymore. *sigh*

  149. Courtney says:

    I used to lock the door. Then there was frantic banging, kicking and screaming. I now leave it unlocked – the idea being that at least I don’t have to get out of the shower dripping wet to keep them from destroying the house. So now they just come in, then a minute later I’m treated to, “MAMA! WIPE MY BOTTOM!!!” Sigh.

  150. Sandra says:

    3 bathrooms here, yet they only all want in when i have to take a crap. or am getting naked to shower. sigh!

  151. Bryne says:

    I gave up on privacy when I got married. I don’t even close the door anymore. The husband finds absurd needs to “check on me” during my 2 min showers and if I dare attempt a bath, my husband finds it a wonderful time to come talk (stare); the 13 mo. old tries desperately to get her little legs over the side of the tub to get in and the dog jumps right in to get away from the 13 mo. old. My showers are family time unless I get up before 6 am to get one. I had an amazing soak at 4:30 am the other morning.

  152. Ruth says:

    For many, many years, we had a bathroom door that would not close properly. What was the point in getting it fixed? No one ever closed it! Except for puzzled visitors who would struggle to try and shut the bathroom door, unsuccessfully.

    My daughters are now 21 and I was in labour 19 years ago with my baby. We fixed the door last year.

  153. Ginger says:

    Not while I shower, but when I’m on the porcelain throne, that’s when I get the banging on the door, fingers poking underneath, “mama! u doin?!”, and thats when the hubby asks a billion questions…..never any peace on the porcelain throne! LOL

  154. Erin Wood says:

    YES! We have THREE bathrooms, and they will find me – even in the basement bathroom – just to bother me! I can’t even poop alone- me 3-year old wants to come in and “read” while I’m on the potty!

  155. Sara says:

    A couple of weeks ago, my attempt to shower was met with 1) 4-year-old helping 2-year-old onto our bed; 2) 2-year-old then falling off the bed; 3) 4-year-old turning the lights off in the bathroom then running downstairs; and 4) 2-year-old pulling one of my bras out of the drawer and bringing it in and throwing it in the shower with me. I just wanted to be clean…

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  157. Jen says:

    There is no number of bathrooms that are enough to solve this problem. We have 5, yes 5, bathrooms in our house. (Most of the public restrooms in Asia are ‘squatty-potties’ where you squat and aim at the hole without actually touching the toilet, so I can only assume sharing bathrooms even at home is a no-go, thus the house with 5 bathrooms.) With only 4 people and no pets, one would think my chances of personal bathroom time would be pretty good. Not so. The worst is when they leave the door open after interrupting and I have to figure out how to get over to the door and get it closed without giving the neighbors across the street a peep show, again.

  158. CSmith says:

    We have 4 bathrooms so my kids have no need to come in while I’m in there. But, they still bang on the door EVERY SINGLE TIME. Usually just to tattle on each other, it’s psychological torture, that’s what it is.

  159. Lindsay says:

    If you have more than one bathroom, the shower in the Master (read: non-kid) bathroom will break almost immediately upon moving in and require such extensive work that it will remain broken for 4+ years (or more). I have only managed to learn to shower in those brief moments when all children are asleep or at least the younger two are asleep and the oldest is preoccupied with something else. But there’s no guarantees. On a good day, I might get two showers in just to make up for all the days that I have had no shower.

  160. Alyssa says:

    Wow, this picture implies you shower DAILY! Amazing! I have no such luck. However, I can say that if my kids hear me shut the door (its a slidy one), they’re just like your picture. If I say nothing, and leave it open, they don’t notice I’m gone 🙂

  161. Daniella says:

    I shower in the evening when my husband is around and place a potty outside the bathroom because of this. It takes some convincing but he will eventually go in there…

  162. Noelle says:

    The look on your face in the ‘two minutes later’ drawing really just says everything that needs to be said!

  163. Kirsty says:

    The solution? A door lock! (Providing husband is home of course). Turn the shower on full, stick your head under and you’ll not hear a thing (you will really, but it’s muffled and means you can’t make it out! 🙂

  164. Kim says:

    Yes, too true!

    And why does ‘here, have the baby while I crap’ sounds like ‘I will go hold the baby in the toilet and look at my wife while she moves her bowels’ to husbands???

  165. BethanyH says:

    I’m a single mom, and I hate showering at night, so I’ve always left my two toddlers in the child-proofed living room with a Wiggles video while I go behind the baby gate and get my shower…. until today. I had just finished dressing when I heard the tinkle of glass breaking, the 2.5 yo had unscrewed the light bulb in the lamp and threw it across the room. Thankfully his little brother was on the other side of the room. Looks like it’s showers when they’re in bed now. 🙁

  166. Chickenpig says:

    I shower at night when they are asleep. I can’t say that it is great for the hair, but I don’t have interrupted showers. However, I haven’t had an uninterrupted bowel movement in 7 years 🙂

  167. JenW says:

    Another night time showerer here. And on the rare occassions I do shower while the boy is awake, DH keeps him occupied. So I do get to enjoy the uninterrupted shower.

    I’ve never attempted to shower with a wakeful child and an absent husband. I’m afraid to.

  168. Cindy G says:

    We have 2 bathrooms. They all need to be the one I’m in. Every one of the 3 will have to pee, poop, chat with me, sit and wait for me to be done. The nice thing is that one of my girls is thoughtful and lays out my clean towel on the floor for me to step onto when I get out of the shower.

  169. Amy says:

    We have more than one bathroom, but my son will get his potty seat out of his bathroom and bring it into mine to go potty while I am showering. My 9 month old loves to pull herself up on the glass door of the shower, trapping me inside. Bonus is that when she has a cold, she’ll get the door all boogery by pressing her face up against it. My son also loves to wait to poop until I’m in the middle of nursing his sister…

  170. Robonanny says:

    My son loved his bath but _hated_ showers and screamed the house down when I washed his hair when he was little, so having a shower was a great way for me to get a little time alone, as I could threaten to bring him in with me if he interrupted.

    I’d set him up with toys beforehand and say “I’m getting in the shower, if you interrupt without good reason, you’re coming in too AND I’ll wash your hair” which totally guaranteed peace.

    I have to admit, there were a couple of times I went into the bathroom and turned the shower on, and didn’t even get in, just so I didn’t completely lose the plot when he’d done something especially irritating…

  171. RedinNC says:

    What I want to know is, why do they insist on flushing when I am IN the shower, and NOT flushing when I am NOT in the shower?

  172. peggy says:

    It doesn’t get better when they get older either! My boys are fifteen and twelve and have their own bathroom but insist on using ours and get gruff when I am nagging them to hurry up and not use all the hot water every morning…. Then, when I am showering etc they gross out if they accidentally walk in and I am forced to warn them with a frantic “Naked Mom Alert!”. They act like its a personal affront that I am in my own bathroom performing my own ablutions. I keep telling myself it will be awfully quiet when they move out 🙁

  173. christina f says:

    My son will start screaming at me through the door the moment I start taking a shower. The last time, I screamed back “is anyone hurt?” After he said no, I told him to go away…

  174. Jennifer says:

    My experience may just be different because I am not a SAHM, not sure, I only read through a few comments, but I scheduled my work hours so that I get off with enough time to do my 1 hour CrossFit workout before I pick up my son (3 years old) from school. It is great because he sees me all sweaty and smelly and when I get a hug he says, “mommy, you stinky, you need to take a shower”. So, as soon as we get home, he feeds the dog and fish while I pull everything out for dinner. Then he knows mommy takes a shower while he gets to watch 1 special show or play in his playroom. I get a good 30 minutes. He is completely content with that because he has already informed me that I NEED a shower. However I don’t close doors ever so the dog is usually laying on my bath mat, and my son will come in and ask me if I remembered to put shampoo and to not forget to clean the shower. We have a full glass shower so I can chat with him while I shower. He doesn’t stay in for very long, since he is at school all day his own toys keep him occupied for a while since he isn’t bored of them by that time.

  175. Laura I says:

    Every. Time.

  176. Karen B. says:

    The answer is yes, they do… and we have THREE functional bathrooms, and I only have one child! Granted, the basement bathroom is not the most awesome bathroom ever, but it has a working shower, sink and toilet, and we have a half-bath on the main floor you can walk to in fewer than 50 steps while standing at the other bathroom.
    Though you’re smarter than me. You lock the door!

  177. Heather says:

    Wait…You mean children don’t HAVE to be in the bathroom with you?!

    I haven’t been allowed to have the door closed since my son learned to walk. If I shut it he opens the door, shouts “NO” at me and runs away or decides he needs to flush the toilet.

  178. Melissa says:

    How did you get to shower alone? My son hopped in with me and THEN announced he had to poop. I can move pretty quick even when soaking wet.

  179. mariah says:

    We have to full bathrooms. They all want in the one I’m showering in. The 6 year old figured out how to unlock the privacy look with a butter knife but I nipped that trick in the bud by pulling it on him when he was in there needing privacy. He doesn’t do it anymore. They do however love to turn off the lights. The flipping light switch is on the outside of the bathroom. There are no windows and the door has a scalpel thin gap so that bathroom is pitch black with the lights off. The boys love to hear mama holler to turn the lights back on, now, I mean it!

  180. Helen says:

    In our house, “Mom Shower” means baby wipes under the armpits.

  181. Annalisa says:

    Yes. And if there are two bathrooms, each occupied by a parent, toddlers default to mom. My husband thought it was a simple issue of my not closing the door all the way, so he helpfully closed it for me the other day. No dice. Toddler got it open in 30 seconds. Looked proud of herself, toting a book she wanted me to read.

    The worst is if she catches me on the toilet rather than the shower. I do a lot of reading on the toilet, because I’m pretty much stuck there, at that point.

  182. AMY says:

    The same principle works with eating, too! “Did everyone eat everything they want? Does anyone want any more food? OK, I am going to put it away now.” And as soon as the food is cleaned up and put into leftover containers, and the dishes are in the sink or dishwasher, “Can I have more?” Also, if you are going out for a short visit or trip with them, and they have JUST eaten, and been reminded to eat everything they want, 10 minutes later, “I’m hungry!”

  183. paddy says:

    After years (elder one is 12 now) of shouting through the door trying to make out why the kids need to be in the bath room just when I have turned the shower on, my standing instructions are- DO NOT KNOCK UNLESS its a medical emergency.. and if it is , call 000 first, and then knock on the door…but still they come aknocking to ask where the pencils are , where the water cup is blah blah blah!!

  184. Stefanie says:

    Wait til they are old enough to care. My twelve year old son opens the door a crack and stands so he can’t see the shower then talks to me through the cracked door. I can never hear him and he can’t hear me telling him to go away so it turns into a shouting match every time until he gets the message to LEAVE ME ALONE! Gawd, that is so relaxing *sarcasm*.

  185. danielle says:

    Yes, it still happens when there is more than w bathroom :-). We have 3 and I still have an audience when I shower!!!!

  186. Daniel says:

    We don’t even bother shutting the bathroom door at our house because of these reasons, and neither does anyone else I know who have kids. It’s not worth the stress and not necessary, really. We have one bathroom and four people, and it’s no big deal if people use it for whatever if someone else is already in there for whatever. It’s really a riot when I am getting out of the shower and my kid opens the door to pee and my mother in law is sitting at the table. It’s only happened about 100 times, so it’s no big deal at this point, either.

  187. Jennifer says:

    This is so spot on! We have three bathrooms, and there are three of us, and the answer is no, it does not matter. 🙂

  188. HS says:

    YES! Omgoodness! It’s just me and my son and we have 1.5 bathrooms and he always has to go when I need to go and he refuses to use the other bathroom! If I’m in the shower though he’s more than welcome to come in and use the potty lol.

  189. Dreama says:

    Hahaha…My youngest will bang on the door asking for a hug. He is the worst about doing it while I am using the toilet. LOL. We have 2 bathrooms and I still get atleast one child banging on my door or my husband. (I have 4 kids.)

  190. Chante says:

    Wow! Lucky you. You get to shower with the door closed. I don’t get that luxury. My daughter would freak if I shut the door. So I leave it open. But within the 5-8 minutes she always needs something lol

  191. Jacki says:

    yup, even though there is another bathroom, they constantly want to use the bathroom where i am taking a shower.

  192. Kelly says:

    Dude, it’s easy though… I put the baby in the car seat in the bathroom and keep the door open and put the baby gate up in the hall with all the other doors closed for the toddler. Granted, they are different ages (2 mos, 3 yrs) but still, I’ve never had problems. You have to give up any idea of privacy, though, that’s not gonna happen. I’ve had to go poo with the door open many, many times. But that’s just how things are if you want to remain sane…

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