Parenting is no walk in the park. It can be exhausting, emotionally draining, and often you’re just trying not to epically mess up. It’s also about optimizing, honing your routines, and finding the most efficient ways to get things done. Every second saved as a parent is crucial, so you’re fielding life hacks left and right. The quickest way to change a diaper: ready. The perfect combination of bedtime stories and jammies that’ll get them to bed the fastest: set. The go-to 20-minute toddler meal you know they’ll eat: go! You’re no stranger to multitasking.
But through all the life-hacking and optimizing, you realize you’ve left no time for yourself and your interests. You can’t watch another episode of Paw Patrol, you just can’t. So when a gamer dad shared his hack for meshing kid time and me-time in the most wholesome of ways, commenters embraced it with open arms.