Monday, November 07, 2005

Parenting: A Full Time Job

I've been absent for a few days, and it wasn't exactly planned.  Well, part of it was planned:  I agreed to provide childcare for my 2 1/2 year old nephew for a few days.  The part that wasn't planned:  That it would consume virtually every waking hour of the day, then to be followed by an exhausting sleep, leaving me no brain power for creativing nor energy for anything else.
The fact that I didn't realize that child care for a smart, busy two year old should be so time consuming is a tip off that I'm childless.  I know this lovely little boy as the one who always snuggles with me, smothering me with hugs and kisses.  His cute little face gazes lovingly at me while we color or play games.  He peacefully falls asleep while I rock him, or read him a bedtime story.  In other words, the perfect child.
Reality check!  Toddlers are not always like this!  Not even my loving, beautiful little nephew.
I'm back to work today, and my nephew is back with his mom and dad.  I never realized how many more free hours in a day working a full time job would give me.  Hats off to all the parents out there!


Joey C said...

Doesnt babysitting kinda make you miss collecting airline meal leftovers?

But, I'd be happy its just a baby... tons a lot better than dealing with the usual crabby, moody, rude, and overall STUPID-ASSES that you may be blessed to have on your flight.

God Bless, YHS, and fly safe.

Lenman said...

This evening on the drive home after work, my two year old kept making a reference to Nemo and Dori. Apparently something they were doing at daycare today. So while mom's at work this evening, and after dinner, bath and pajamas for me and the boy, I put "Finding Nemo" in the DVD player and we watched until he fell asleep a quarter of the way through. These kind of payoffs as a parent I like...

Janet said...

Everytime I babysit I realize how amazing moms are. I am in awe.

And totally thankful that I can send the kids home at the end of the day. Phew!