Taking a Mama break with Netflix and the #StreamTeam

Disclosure: As a member of Netflix’s Stream Team, I bring tips and tricks and more streaming know-how than a raging river. (Or at least a comparable level.) Although I’m compensated, all thoughts, opinions, and ‘Trolls’ earworms are entirely my own. 



Here’s a gigantic news flash for anyone who’s been a parent longer than one commercial break: Parents need time to themselves and- if you’ll pardon the momentary gender bias- mamas need time to themselves (and sometimes sneak it in the form of Netflix “me” time).

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Need some examples? Want to feel better about your own work/life balance skills?

Here are three things I’ve actually done:

(…While actually in charge of my living, breathing, fully awake offspring.)

  • Folded laundry. A lot of laundry. So much laundry, in fact, that the entire third season of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries was completed in a day and a half. (What can I say? I love laundry.)
  • Before going out with other adults, watched 2-minute snippets of John Mulaney and Hasan Minhaj’s standup specials if only to have grownup-type, funny things to say and reference and generally know about. (See also: Jim Gaffigan and Aziz Ansari.)
  • Sat on the bathroom floor and mainlined non-linear scenes from Twin Peaks to get the Trolls soundtrack out of my brain. (It’s trolllllllllstice!)

I’m not alone. (I mean, I was during the bathroom, but…)

Netflix conducted a pretty spiffy poll to see how (and why) Moms took their Netflix Me Time. 


So now I ask YOU, as my pals and readers, how do you vote?

Why are YOU a sneaky Netflix sneaker?

To (eventually) be a better parent. (In, like, 22 minutes or so.)
To feel like your old (stay-in-bed-until-noon-with-every-‘Law & Order’-ever-created) self again.
Because you need a break from Sofia and Bob and Strawberry for a hot second.
Because decompression can’t happen if someone is literally sitting on you.
You just know you’ll stop yelling/cleaning anxiously if you get to finish just one episode of anything, ever.
Because it’d be great to switch up the day’s events from things like “making lunch no one eats” and “driving places no one wants to go.”


And an even harder question:

Daydream time: Who would you love to sneak with?
Idris Elba (back off)
Your spouse/significant other (oh, aren’t you adorable)
One of the Chris brigade (you know exactly who I mean)
Beyoncé (maybe even with Jay-Z?)
Any former stars of ‘The West Wing’ (We’ll also accept ‘The Office’ and ‘The Great British Baking Show’)
Other. (Um, OTHER.)
No one (now go away)


To my fellow mamas out there: May your connection be lightning-fast, your quiet time extend to the credits, and spills be kept to a minimum until your return.

(Hair up.)



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