Why More Parents Need to Embrace the Quickie

If innocence is the first casualty of war, then free time is the first casualty of fatherhood. And it comes with collateral damage: the loss of good, long sex. This isn’t news. Early parenthood, fantastic as it is, is dirty and demanding and when you’re dealing with dirty diapers and midnight-wailing, the first thought isn’t exactly Let’s bone! Even when kids are old enough to not require constant supervision, stealing away to test out the mattress springs is about as rare as sleeping in. That’s why, much like having a lot of stain remover and some quality beer-pairings on hand, the quickie is an essential part of parenthood.

Quickies have a weird rap. Sneaking away for ten minutes to bang in a closet or bathroom is considered the exclusive territory of horny co-eds, entirely too obvious couples at office holiday parties, and thinly-drawn romcom characters. They’re also notoriously unsexy. But, executed correctly, the quickie offers a much-needed opportunity to relieve stress, strengthen a relationship, and get off at a time when intimacy, connection, and, well,  time, are luxuries. And sometimes that’s exactly what busy parents need. Here are some things to keep in mind.



Lay the Ground Work

Despite the name, quickies take time. First off, they only really work when you have a knowledge of your partner’s body – what makes them roll their eyes back, what makes them just roll their eyes. Secondly, you’ve got to spend time talking it out. Communication not only primes the pump, but, per sex educator Yana Tallon-Hicks, it also helps you and your partner become a sex special ops team, able to parachute in, deploy, and exit with tactical precision. But instead of standing over a map and pushing pieces on the board like some large-mustached World War 2 general, you’re plotting out free time and securing an area for a session.

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Talk It Out

Voicing your turn-ons is necessary in any relationship. In the busy, often unsexy world of parenting where kids, vomit, poo, and crying are regularly on the menu? It’s even more so. So don’t keep your desires secret and tell your partner when they do something that turns you on.  “Whisper something dirty in their ear and the kids aren’t going to hear it or care,” says Tallon-Hicks. If you’re worried about kids picking up on your X-rated chatter, send videos, .gifs, or, hell, some artfully chosen eggplant and peach emojis.

Find a Location

…and preferably one outside the bedroom. Your bed gets enough work. Besides, the quickie is sex on the clock and always more fun in an impromptu location. Here are some recommendations from real parents.

The Bathroom

“It’s way hotter and more fun than the bedroom. Maybe it’s because you don’t feel lazy if you leave some clothes on. Plus, there’s water for quick cleanups and that nice noisy fan.”
— Mom from Vermont, name withheld

The Car

“When our kid has a piano lesson or playdate, it’s the most ideal. When we have the chance, we drive off somewhere and park for 15 minutes.
— Greg H., Atlanta

The Kitchen

“The kitchen countertop is the perfect height for us to get down to business; plus when we’re done it just takes a few swipes of a Clorox wipe on the counter.”
— Jaime L., Seattle

The Laundry Room

“The machines are the perfect height for multiple positions and its vibrations muffle the noise and add to the excitement.
Mom from New Jersey, name withheld

Photo via VisualHunt.com

Photo via VisualHunt.com

Don’t Waste Any Time

The quickie is not regular sex and shouldn’t be treated it as such. There’s little time for your regular moves and casual foreplay is out the door. Basically: you need to know what’s up and just do the damn thing. Get those game-faces on. If you know your partner likes a certain lick, squeeze, or finger just like that, do it. You’ve built up years of sexual currency; now’s the time to cash it in.

Related: Study Reveals ‘Pphubbing’ As The Newest Screen-Based Relationship Killer

Mix it Up

Now, you’re not going to run through the Kama Sutra in few minutes. And while this may seem like a crisis,  it’s really an opportunity. You might not have penetrative sex in multiple positions. But if you get your sexual priorities straight you can get the job done. “If a quickie to you is mutual masturbation in the kitchen, that’s fine,” Tallon-Hicks says. “That’s the best situation you can think of and that’s effective, great.”

Accept the Inevitable

Because the best get-laid plans are often like the best-laid plans, things will go wrong. You’ll fumble, fall, squeal, and laugh. Counters won’t be as high, closets will have sharp corners, and you’ll realize why cars have stick shifts and not joysticks. And, no matter how many episodes of Daniel Tiger you’ve queued up, the kids might come in. Accept all of this as part of the fun. And, if the kids do come in, act accordingly.

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The dirty secret about the quickie is that it’s not so dirty at all. It’s a way for time-strapped people to enjoy an intimate moment together. It’s sex, made efficient. And sometimes that’s just what everyone needs.

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