The question of alone time/free time has been an issue of constant revisit in our household. Since our baby (our first) was born, I've fluctuated between being an antisocial loner and being a too-involved stress junkie. I also work from home, so I'm perpetually involved with the baby. This is both a blessing and a curse, since it can interrupt my work day and cause me have to work until 9 or 10 at night, but it is also really nice to be able to help with the baby when things get crazy.
All right Dad's/Non-At-Home-Parents, my questions are in this vein: How much time do you take to unwind? How much 'time off' is too much? Should a provider for the household be on duty with the kid(s) as soon as they're off the clock?
What about full time parents? When should they get a break? How long should they take for themselves to stay sane?
Perhaps this is too broad a topic, but any thoughts on time management in a parental situation would be of great interest to me.