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Seeking the "Only Parenting" Cliff's Notes...

Date: 
Monday, May 23, 2016
Posted By: 
Eden

Seeking the "Only Parenting" Cliff's Notes... 

I have to take a moment to tip my hat to all the widowed parents who are doing it alone.  I must admit, I’m slightly terrified of the day I join your ranks.  This weekend, my parents were away, and I was on my own for a typical weekend in the life of a preschooler parent these days – pre-K graduation, Crossfit (he loves coming with me, and even insists on stopping by when I’m not working out, just to say hi), baseball, karate, errands, chores/laundry, driving out to O’Hare for Global Entry interviews, and out to Niles for a birthday party, not to mention a play date and plenty of time at the park.  At this point, I’m so exhausted that going to work tomorrow is sounding like a nice break.  And at almost 10pm, my child, who refuses to sleep in his own room, is still awake. Tomorrow might be tough for both of us – I will be getting up at 5 so that I can be ready and moving him along starting at 6, at least 2 hours earlier than he’s accustomed to.  But some day, this is going to be our regular lives, and as I found myself thinking this weekend, “gosh, I hope I can get some ‘me’ time next weekend,” I just had to laugh and shake my head.  I might – with my parents in town, surely they’ll give me a break – but soon, this will be the norm.  If anyone has any tips on how to handle everything all the time…I’m all ears.  But please send the bullet point version because I really don't think I can read the whole book right now!

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