I have young children and watch other people's young children. When watching my kids or others my first priority is, well, them. If they want to play, we play, if they want to eat, we eat, if they want to go outside, we go outside, if they want... well, you get the picture.
I do this, all the while, planning my next 18 hours. I am clock watching for,
diaper change time,
potty time (mine and theirs),
and finally bed time.
As I am clock watching I am worrying:
Did they eat enough/too much?
Are they eating the right things?
Did they poop/pee?
When was the last time they pooped/peed?
Are they they on target developmentally?Am I favoring one over the other?
Am I creating brats, who always get what they want?
Am I too hard on them?
Do I expect too much/too little?
Is my messy house a problem?
How do other moms keep everything so friggin clean and straightened up?
How can I expect my kids to straighten up if I don't?When can I get some "me" time?
Do I deserve "me" time?
Can I sneak in a nap?
Can I sneak in a nap and not feel guilty?
Do I hover over the kids too much?
Can I let them watch TV for over and hour?
What is with this attitude?
Is my 7 year old really rolling his eyes at me already???
How do I get my children to wash their hands/say thank you/share/be kind to others/feel less anxious/pull up their zipper/tie their shoes/eat their food, etc.?
playing Star Wars,
cleaning up meals,
setting up paper and washable markers,cleaning up said paper and washable markers... Damn it! they really are not washable!
Playing Play-doh, why does it smell like that? It has not changed since the 70s, is it toxic because everything in the 70s was toxic, right?
Getting juice, no milk, no water, no "I WANT JUUUUUIIIIICCE!!!!!"
researching pre-schools, illnesses, parenting skills, sexual predators in my area. OMG! How scary is that! There are just too many freaky people out there!
I have only cracked the surface. I am sure there is more, but it is 11 o'clock at night and I have used up my blogging time. So I hope you enjoyed my brain, or lack there of!
my medicationand my sanity.