I’m temporarily flying solo with the kids all week while Steve is away on a work trip.
Whenever we do this, I have a heightened appreciation and awe for single parents who do this all the time. Seriously, that is another level of superhero. Thankfully, my husband and co-parent promises to return. If at least so we can resume watching 24 together.
But in the meantime, I needed a proactive plan for this week. Because here’s the thing: as much as I love my children, being with them non-stop for more than a day can feel like Crazytown. From previous experience, I’ve learned that some things – meltdowns, the emergence of Dragon Mom, and desperate texts to Steve (“OMG our kids are freaking nuts”) – are unavoidable. Nevertheless, there are some things that help me to survive.
How to Thrive, Stay Sane, and Not Go Ballistic On My Children:
- Do one activity per day to get out of the house.
- Hang out with friends. Schedule a few play dates, have friends sleep over, talk to people on the phone. Find ways to connect with adults and have real conversations.
- Prepare meals with extras for leftovers ahead of time.
- Go out for afternoon ice cream and playtime at McDonald’s.
- Pull out some “new” toys from storage.
- Eat out or order delivery. Pizza solves lots of problems.
- Borrow books from the library.
- Go to the park.
- Make popcorn and watch a movie at home.
- Get some babysitting help.
- Turn on the hose for water play in the front yard.
- Extra coffee (for me, not the kids).