Would You Have Sex While the Kids Watch TV? Check Out How Many Parents Said "Yes"

Face it: Between kids and careers and all of their accompanying demands on your time, it can be hard to find time to squeeze in a little action. Indeed, my husband has suggested on several (hundred) occasions that we "pop the kids in front of the TV" and get busy. And even though I systematically decline, I admit it’s not a horrible idea in theory. After all, when my daughters are engrossed in a show, it’s true that I could run naked through the room with my hair on fire and they probably wouldn’t notice (unless I stopped to smolder directly in front of the TV, where obviously there would be angry shouts of “Mom, move!”). 

While a quarter of all parents in the iVillage Married Sex Survey admitted they’d relied on televised babysitting to entertain the children while they got it on, that number jumped to nearly 40 percent for parents with kids under age 10.

I’m the sort of gal who needs to be relaxed and care-free in order to enjoy sex -- something that’s not likely to occur when I have one ear on the door and my face buried in a pillow. Sure we could always lock the door, but then I’d be worried they were just standing on the other side of it, listening intently. This of course, would force me to morph into a big, fat liar (Them: “What were you guys doing in there?” Me: “Oh, Daddy and I were just having a dance party and rearranging the furniture!”), because I am so not ready to have anything resembling the birds-and-bees chat yet.  I’m not sure if that makes me practical or prudish, but it is what it is.

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