Going my way…?
Sure, we all love our kids and we want the best for them. We want them to experience and have the best we can possibly offer. It’s why we have a family. It’s why we move to the towns we do and have the houses we do and work the jobs we do. It’s the way it SHOULD be. The more the better it seems and we always want better for them than what we had. I am all on board to a point for sure (over/under scheduling is an entirely different post), but man…it’s really tough at times to get things done when the kids have an action-packed schedule and they depend on you to be the mode of transportation.
Imagine if you began to charge for the service. Maybe take on a few of your friend’s kids as clients? How much money would you make? Damn, that’s a great idea.
I mean, let’s take a quick look at the things these kids do on a daily basis. It’s like they need their own personal admin (other than you).
You have school, you have sports (many, many), you have music, you have play dates, religion class, Scouts, parties, and the list goes on and on. We only have the two, but it seems like they always have something to attend. More people in our town have 3 or 4 kids, if not more (I know, I’m not sure what’s in the water here). They are completely insane. Forget weekends…that’s wall-to-wall sporting events. It’s nuts! And you are far from the only ones, so at least there are people there to commiserate with.
Plus, I try to mix in my work plus doing the typical house-related chores. Damn, a brother needs a nap sometimes.
How do you all handle the load…does it make you nuts? Do you think it’s too much, or just enough? Are you happy to do it, or are you a little bit resentful? How do you juggle the other parts of your life/responsibilities? Do you self-medicate and drink heavily (that was a joke…kind of)?
One thing I will say…God bless these kids…they have it pretty darn good. And you what, as long as they somewhat appreciate it and are overall good kids…good for them.
Enjoy every last minute you and them. Time flies very quickly and they’ll be a time in the very near future where you really miss these little “annoyances.”