As a parent of a young child, I feel like sometimes the thing I look forward to all week becomes the thing I least enjoy: weekends. All week, I look forward to Friday: "Is it Friday yet?" Finally, Friday comes, and I feel like it's time to relax. Is it? Not usually. Why? Maybe it's too much time for the whole family to be together.
Weekdays usually consist of some adult time: work + nanny = a balanced, happy day. Weekends, however, are a different situation. There's no adult time, and it can be draining and frustrating when you feel like it's your time in the week to relax.
Is it this way for every parent? Well, obviously it isn't. It's just this way for parents of small children who are still pretty needy. Parents of older children have more flexibility to do activities or have their children engage in more independent play. Many times during a weekend with no plans on the calendar, I find myself thinking, "Is it Monday yet?"
Sometimes, the problem is that one parent wants to relax so he/she assumes that the other parent will take care of the child. When both parents want to relax, no one steps up to play with the child, and then all become frustrated, creating a non-fun, non-relaxing weekend of chaos.
It's not that I don't love my son or want to spend time with him, but I remember when weekends used to be for sleeping in, relaxing, doing fun things... Hopefully those days will return, but for me with a second one still brewing, they are a long way off. Until then, I hope for spring to bring warmer weather so we can get outside and let Leighton burn off energy at the park instead of carving a trench into my floors as he races back and forth through the kitchen and living room.
Cyndi M. Frick
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