One of the hardest parts about being a stay-at-home parent is that there are no breaks, your kid is always there.
Maybe that’s a bad way of looking at it, but if I’m honest, I consider parenting a type of work, and like all work, it’s not always fun or pleasant. Rewarding, for sure. But everyone needs a break from their job, a little time off, and for the stay-at-home parent that can be hard to come by.
At the office, breaks are easy to come by: put on headphones and listen to music, goof off on the Internet, gather around the coffee pot or water cooler to chat about this or that. At home, during the day, when it’s just daddy and son, I have trouble finding the opportunity to take a break. Not only does a child requiring some attention, half an eye, say, to make sure he’s not getting into any trouble, but Felix often wants me to play with him, or has questions to ask about the world and how it works, or needs help of some sort.
A funny feeling develops as the day goes on: in some ways, I feel very alone, because I’m the only adult, the lone voice of reason in the loony bin, and yet really I’m never by myself, mini-me is always there at my feet, wondering what I’m doing, and can I have some cheddar bunnies?
With all this in mind, here are six suggestions on how you can cultivate some private time during the day with a child.