Thursday, July 15, 2010


I bribe my kids with tv shows so they will leave me alone in the morning.

Sad, but true. No worries, I fed them, they are dressed, and they even did some chores! But man, I just need half an hour or so to chill and drink my coffee and putz around. I simply can't do this in an enjoyable fashion if my children are bouncing around and shouting (sorry, downstairs neighbors...I tried to stop them).

I think it can be hard for stay at home moms (maybe all moms?) to admit they need some time away from their kids. For me, one of the biggest reasons I stay at home and homeschool is because I love my kids and genuinely like being with them. But then there's the flip side, that I really crave being alone, doing my own thing without worrying about who is getting into the markers or who is hitting who. I don't particularly like talking to anyone about anything early in the morning. I'm not jazzed about playing games or reading books at first daylight.

So we negoitate compromises. I get to sit and drink my coffee and they get to watch some television crack (aka NickJr). Since I keep them busy doing other things for the majority of the day, a little tv isn't going to scar them for life. I've made my peace with that.

And it's Umizoomi time! And coffee time! Yay!

1 comment:

  1. and Julie said... I believe you deserve that little quiet time to sit and drink your coffee. I love that time of the day, especially on my days off. And I love a good cup of coffee!! And I don't believe you really bribe the kids with TV. They like to watch certain shows just like you do. A little TV won't hurt them. You are a good Mom! And I think it is great that you can be home with the kids. But I totally understand your need to have a little time to yourself. I think you will find out that as you get older, you are going to want that time to yourself more and more. Enjoy your coffee and think of your Mom, because she is enjoying her coffee also! Love Mom