My husband travels for work on a fairly regular basis. Aside from the basic problems this poses in terms of my missing him and me being left to manage the kids solo, I also have a streak of anxiety a mile wide about being without him at night. I do ok on my own during the day and through dinner time. Sure, it’s a juggling act but it doesn’t terrify me. However, once the kids are asleep and the house is quiet, I’m struck by a crushing sense of responsibility for the safety of all of us – even when I’m asleep in my bed.
The obvious thing would be to get an alarm system and that’s on my list of things to research. I’ve been resistant because of cost but as time goes by and my anxiety continues to keep me so jumpy, it may be worth it just for peace of mind. Another solution would be a dog but no. No, there is already enough poop in my world. I cannot take on another creature to feed and clean up after at this point in my life.
Until I get a security system, however, I’ve come up with a few simple safety tips when I’m the only parent in the house overnight!
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