My kids love the extra attention they get and I love that I don’t have to be the one that gives it to them. That is the benefit of having house guests for the weekend that want to engage our kids. The problem is Monday morning when the guests are gone and it’s just me and the three boys trying to recalibrate to life in the slow lane. The kids are bit more needy, I am a bit shorter on patience and we dance around each other trying to get the rhythm back.
Sometimes the regular schedule needs some adjusting so we can account for the charge clinging to his mom’s leg as she tries to go to work, or Segundo leaning his forehead on the glass front door sobbing as Beautiful heads to the car. I try to give the kids a little more time to adjust but the reality of the situation is there is only one of me now and slowly peeling that bandaid is not gonna be good for any of us. How do you tell a 21 month old to man up though?
That’s where changing up the schedule or daddy playbook comes in handy. Instead of the downstairs play time that we would have done at that time in the morning we called an audible and went into the storage area of the basement and got some boxes out to build a fort. I reminded them that we have a pretty good time, just the four of us, even if there’s just two hands to hold them. This weekend coming up my two boys are going to get some time with my parents for the first part of the weekend, and then Beautiful’s dad visiting Seattle from Indiana for the other part. Next Monday we are likely going to be in the same fragile place after another magical weekend. I better start diagraming some plays in preparation.