Yes, Tall Mom is leaving me alone with the children all weekend to go to Mystic, CT with her best friend. And while I know this is going to be a tough weekend for me, I’ll be completely upfront and readily admit she totally deserves it. She deals with kids every day, ALL DAY. Frankly, I don’t know how she does it, and I admire her that much more. Jeez – I have a hard enough time being with them alone for a couple hours – let alone all week!
But, if we’re being totally honest here – I’m also too proud to ask her for help! If I’m going to be alone with the kids all weekend, then I’m going to do it my way 🙂
So here are the top five things I’ll be doing to survive the weekend and to avoid creating as much damage as possible. Sure, to the kids, and yes to the house – but mainly to myself!
Have Star Wars Ready – Listen, I get it – there are lots of parents out there who won’t even let their child LOOK at a television screen let alone watch it with intent. That’s great for them. But, it ain’t good for me. Even if my kids eat, and sleep well, there are times when they’re just going to be kids. They’ll cry, they’ll throw temper tantrums or they’ll be miserable because that’s what kids do. Whenever they feel like it. So my answer to this conundrum? Star Wars. Rhys is absolutely in love with all things Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi, Kylo Ren, Rey, Han Solo, and the Millennium Falcon. You put that bad boy on, and suddenly he’s as entranced as the residents of Salem, MA when Bette Midler sang “I’ve Put A Spell On You,” in Hocus Pocus. Even Felicity can’t get enough of The Galaxy Far, Far Away. This is my ultimate secret weapon and I’ve got my finger on the button just waiting to push it.
You’ll notice that I did not include anything to do with Tall Mom here. That is by design. This is her weekend away and I WILL NOT rely on her to solve my problems. She needs to relax as much as she can. If she chooses to call me, or to speak to the kids, then it’s on her terms. I’m happy with that.
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How would you survive the long weekend without Mom?