The first thing I'm going to do when the kids return to school is go to the movies, alone.
Yes, with nobody else. Just me. I can't wait.
There's something wonderful about going to the movies solo. It's one of my most favourite things to do.
Here are six reasons why I think you should give a go too:
1. You don't have to share your snacks
You know that big box of popcorn you buy, but often don't eat because the kids get to it first? Well, you finally can, when you have it all to yourself.
You can pop it on the empty seat next to you and eat it all. No little fingers grabbing handfuls and spilling it everywhere. Just you and a box of popcorn as big as your head – it's awesome. And don't forget the choc top ice cream.
Sometimes, I even ditch the cinema treats altogether and get a big, takeaway coffee and cake or buy some of my favourite chocolate. It's my time to indulge in whatever takes my fancy on the day and the best part is I don't have to share it with anyone.
2. It's cheaper
With three kids, going to movies is similar to taking out a mortgage – super expensive. If it's just you, it doesn't seem so bad. Also, if you pick the right session time you can often have the cinema to yourself and that's priceless.
3. You can see the movie of your choice
Gone is the annoying discussion to decide what movie to go and see. You already compromise enough in life, if you go to the movies alone then you don't have to. You look in the movie guide, think about what you'd like to see and go see it. Simple.
If it's crap you only have yourself to blame and if it's great, then you can pat yourself on the back. And you don't have to explain to anyone why you're obsessed with horror or romance or foreign films – you can see whatever you like.
4. You don't have to go to the toilet mid-movie
You'll be able to sit down at the beginning of the movie and stay there until it finishes, without any toilet interruptions. You'll also not have to deal with any bickering, or need to get anyone's water bottle or worry if anyone's cold or share the armrests. You know the deal.
5. You don't have to talk to anyone
There's something lovely about going about your business and not having to chat to anyone, especially after school holidays. Having time to collect your thoughts, sit silently and plan ahead without distractions is really important.
And when you head to the movies alone, you'll soon realise that you're not the only one doing it. It might take a little practice to get used to, but going to see a film is a great first step.
6. You get lost in the magic
When you have no distractions and sit in the dark cinema alone, you truly get lost in the movie. You forget about your responsibilities and worries for two hours. The new world you've entered drags you in completely.
There's nothing quite like the magic of forgetting where you are and losing yourself to another reality.
You do enough for your family - don't forget to treat yourself. Give it a try - you might surprise yourself.