6 things I’ve become faster at since having kids

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The more children I have, the faster I seem to be able to do things. I’m not sure whether it’s purely out of instinct or necessity, but whatever the reason – my general efficiency has increased. I am super-speedy and I can pull off moves like some sort of caffeine-fuelled ninja!

Inhaling coffee

Coffee: My friend. My saviour. My constant. Gone are the days when I’d have the time to leisurely sip my cup of java at a slow and considered pace. No, coffee drinking now is purely an act of survival; I drink it in a few quick gulps that wreak of desperation. It’s not just coffee; it’s LIFE. 

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Since having children, I can pee, wash my hands and be out of the bathroom again in a matter of seconds. Maybe it’s the fact that in our family someone is always needing to go to the toilet so the lack of leisurely pee-time has decreased. Or maybe it’s just because I’ve gotten used to always being needed while I’m on the toilet (and not a second before). But when I pee, I can pee hard and fast and be done and back in no time at all. Was I ever really gone?! 


I won’t lie – locking the bathroom door and turning on the shower is probably up there as my favourite parenting hack ever. Ain’t nobody getting in between me and my desire for a hot shower in peace! But those days for long, lingering showers are pretty much gone these days.

Showering now is all about getting in, getting washed and getting out as quickly as possible. Because I can almost guarantee that within seconds of me hopping into the shower, there will be some sort of a) raging argument between siblings, b) mischief made, or c) accident requiring first-aid. Children and their epic timing, hey? *facepalm*

Eating chocolate

What was that? Did you hear a wrapper crinkling? No, you did not! No chocolate here! Or was there? Yes, my chocolate-eating skills these days are stealth. Since I’ve had my daughters, I can unwrap, consume and rid myself of any offending evidence in no time at all. They may smell the chocolate on my breath, but they’ll never catch me eating it, because I’m way too fast!

It’s a skill developed over many years of sleep-deprived torture and early mornings, impacted further by whining children and a lack of desire for comfort-eating carrot sticks. Only chocolate will do, even if it is a brief (but meaningful and rewarding) love affair.  

Telling white lies

Now, now, I’m not saying I’ve gotten *good* at lying to my children, or even that it’s good to do it at all – but I’ve definitely become faster at pulling off little white lies without them cottoning on. Sometimes it’s necessary for my sanity!

Where did the last bag of popcorn go? Well, I’ve got no idea – I absolutely did not eat it. No darling, I have no clue where your 30th piece of kindergarten “art” disappeared to (ahem: the bin). Sorry chicken, you can’t go to three parties in a row on the weekend because we have plans (the plans being that we aren’t going to three kids’ parties in one weekend). 

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I said goodbye to only having to focus on one thing at a time when I became a mother 11 years ago. Nowadays I am a multi-tasking magician. The other day I was cooking dinner at the stove, with my youngest daughter beside me at the kitchen bench chopping up fruit, and at the same time I was calling out spelling words for another daughter who was seated at the table. Pow-pow-pow, never a dull moment.

We mothers truly are impeccable machines who evolve to run smoothly at all times.  All this hastiness really does make me appreciate slow days, however, and I look forward to the day I can be bored and plan to luxuriate in it. Whenever that might happen …

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