Do You Need a Mom Cave?

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Sipping tea in the Mom Cave.

We all need a little time to ourselves now and then. And if you’ve got kids, finding that time can be difficult.  In fact, short of leaving the house, it can be downright impossible to escape the demands of motherhood and just be yourself for a while.  Unless, of course, you’ve got a Mom Cave in your house.

According to New York designer Elaine Griffin, a Mom Cave is the feminine version of the Man Cave, a place where “the woman who nurtures everyone goes to nurture herself.”  In Griffin’s world, that room would be filled with family photos, a comfy chaise lounge and a well-stocked bookcase.  It’s lively and welcoming – but only for Mom and select visitors deemed worthy of entry into her personal space.

I kind of laugh at the idea of a Mom Cave and not just because the name is so ridiculous.  I also think the commodification of the idea that a mom needs some quiet time is a blatant attempt by designers like Griffin and stores like Homegoods, with whom she works, to convince us that if we just bought the right stuff, our lives would be so much better.

That said, I do think I would enjoy having a room of my own.  But if I did, I sure as heck wouldn’t be sitting in there quietly sipping tea.  My Mom Cave would be outfitted with a full bar, soundproof walls and a big-screen television on which I could watch “Family Guy” without keeping my finger poised above the mute button at all times.  Or maybe I could finally catch an episode of “Glee,” which despite airing during the so-called family hour is clearly not appropriate for every member of the family.

Do you need a Mom Cave?  If you had one, what would you do in there?

Image: Tabsinth/Flickr

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