|Chris, on our most recent family outing|
I think the issue is that we have a few parenting differences and it stresses him out. For example, he is a strict routine guy. He stays home with the kids while I work so he has them on a nice routine. They get up, have breakfast, go to preschool (unless its Monday), go home for lunch, go upstairs to brush teeth and wrestle on the bed, then take naps. Hannah is usually awake by the time I get home from school, and normally Andrew is still napping. He wakes soon afterwards, though, and we play games, eat dinner, go outside, then go up for baths and bedtime. It works.
When I am home for school breaks, however, I get up with the kids and it totally throws them off. Hannah wants me to sit and hold her, while Andrew wants me to play video games with him. He doesn't normally play the XBOX in the mornings unless I am home. This drives Chris crazy. There are other annoying routine-crashers that drive him nuts, but let's not get into that.
Maybe its my "working mom" guilt or maybe I'm just too permissive and just don't care. I don't know...I will obviously stop them from hurting themselves or others, and I will make sure they eat and brush their teeth, but other than that, as long as we are having fun together...I just don't worry about the details. I know its wrong and I should stick to the routine. I'm trying, really...I promise I am. I just don't want it to get in the way of enjoying my kids on the few days here and there that I get to be with them.
Sigh...Andrew just came over and gave me an unsolicited and VERY sweet hug and kiss, and told me I was his favorite. :) Who cares if its only because he's playing the XBOX...I treasure this stuff.
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