Monday, September 6, 2010
Now that school is back in session, I realize that I hate my life between the hours of 3-6 p.m. When my kids walk into the house after school, these are the kinds of comments I hear:
"I need help with my homework."
"Sally was mean to me at recess today."
"I had to move my paperclip today at school, but I wasn't doing anything wrong!"
"What are we having for dinner?"
"I'm trying to do my homework but Larry is bugging me."
"Can I watch a cartoon?"
"Can I play a computer game?"
"The doorbell just rang, Mom. I think it's Carly. I told her she could come over after school."
"I need $25 for choir."
"I need lunch money."
"My sack lunch was gross today. Can you go to the grocery store and buy some fruit snacks and chips?! That's what the other kids get in their lunches!"
I hear this stuff everyday! I usually start having an anxiety attack around 2:50 p.m., when I start to hear children's voices heading down the sidewalk. Not only do I have to help the kids with homework and snack time, but I also have to be a chauffeur and make dinner at the same time. What can I do to make this time of day less stressful?
Nuts After School
Dear Nuts After School,
It sounds like you need a vacation. Get a one-way ticket to the Bahamas and let the kids fend for themselves for a while.
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