My “Mommy Guilt” has returned full-fledged and I can’t seem to shake it. Since school (both where I work and grad school) began only a few weeks ago, it seems that I am on a rollercoaster that hasn’t stopped. Every night has some meeting or activity and there just seems to be no down time to simply enjoy time with the kids. This week alone, there is Sunday night Awanas, Monday night Zumba, Tuesday night Soccer practice, Wednesday night Boy Scouts, Thursday night PTA meeting, and Saturday morning PTA yard sale and soccer game. Also, this doesn’t include my work for classes that I spend every waking moment working on.
I just feel guilty about time not spent with them and hope that one day they will understand. I am going to try to make a better effort to organize my time so that there are special times just devoted to fun/play with them. Wesley wants me to be able to eat with him one day and lunch and it doesn’t seem like too much to ask since I work at the school he attends, but it still has to be arranged so that I can make it happen. Last year, I think it only happened once or twice. The crazy schedule makes me just want to take my little family to a deserted island where nothing can interrupt “our” time together! I know life happens and really I just need to embrace it, but it just stinks sometimes!
How do you protect the time you have with your children?