The research of 1,000 mums and dads found even sneaky bathroom hideouts can be challenging at times as 29 per cent don’t feel like they can go to the toilet without being followed by their children.
Nearly four in 10 (38 per cent) frazzled parents sit on the toilet and scroll through their phone, 32 per cent pretend to be loading the washing machine and 29 per cent have done housework upstairs alone to get some time to themselves.
While 30 per cent have even eaten a snack with their head in the kitchen cupboard, just to enjoy the moment with no interruption and no kids stealing snacks out of their hands.
It also emerged 24 per cent consider any chance they do get to simply sit in silence as quality ‘me time’, while 26 per cent view sleeping as a treat.
And one in six (16 per cent) reckon simply eating breakfast is a blissful moment.
A spokesperson for Energizer, which commissioned the research, said: “Parents certainly have a lot on their hands with endless ‘to do’ lists that never seem to include any ‘me time’.
“This is clearly leading to frazzled mums and dads desperately seeking a slice of serenity in any way they possibly can, including taking refuge in the bathroom.
“In today’s ever busy world, we’re urging parents to take just 15 minutes each day to re-charge their batteries”.
Parents crave more ‘me time’
The study also found 78 per cent feel juggling a job and parenthood takes its toll, while 56 per cent are exhausted in their efforts to fill the weekends with activities.
But parents also forgo five ‘me time’ moments a week for the good of the kids.
A staggering nine in 10 (92 per cent) struggle to find enough ‘me time’ for themselves, with a third admitting they also find it hard to

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