It has totally depended on work schedules and other stuff over the years. Anywhere from none to 16. Currently they go to grandma's for a couple of hours a day.
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How many hours are you alone with your children each day? - Page 2post #21 of 2711/29/13 at 1:04pmpost #22 of 2711/30/13 at 10:53amQuote:Originally Posted by gitanamama
Not to highjack this thread, but how do you mamas do it without burning out?? I love DS with all my heart, but after 6 or 7 hrs alone with him, I'm so ready for a break! I guess I'm just feeling really burnt out lately- 10 weeks pregnant and DH was out of the country for 3 weeks- but I would love any insight on how to make it through the day alone with your kiddos without feeling like you need a very strong drink at the end.
Nobody said I wasn't loony tunes!
I agree with the PP who said get out of the house. I started occasionally attending breastfeeding support meetings just to interact with other human beings, even though I didn't need any help. Getting out is/was HARD sometimes, but it makes me feel better. Sometimes I go on walks with another mom friend. I'm blessed to have a great mommy support group run through a local store that has given me a place to go and friends to hang out with.
When DS was young, I'd go to my parents sometimes when dh was out of town. But it quickly got annoying dragging all of his stuff over there and being away from home. Honestly, I never thought I could make it through dh being gone so much. But when you have no other choice but to do something, you do it. Somehow, you pull the strength you need out of yourself. But the more family/friend support you can muster, the easier it will be.post #23 of 2712/1/13 at 6:29ampost #24 of 2712/1/13 at 10:53amThat sounds like heaven contactmaya! I guess I struggle because DS almost never does his own thing. He won't play with toys on his own and his limit for painting, drawing is about 10 minutes. He gave up naps before he turned 2, so I don't really have any "off" time during the day- he's constantly by my side, needing engagement. I try to include him in all my chores and projects, but sometimes my brain just needs a break from the toddler chatter and endless questions.
Thanks for all the suggestions on staying sane- I think I'll try getting out of the house more. It's a little tricky in the winter since the park isn't an option- we're both pretty bored with the library and children's museum, which are our usual cold weather spots. But I'll do some brainstorming on winter "field trips"!post #25 of 2712/14/13 at 12:30pm
around 9-10 hours per day
I have been trying to go to 3-4 different mom/baby groups that meet in cafes in my area so that 3 out of 5 weekdays I am getting out and into the city center to talk with other adults.
It's not easy especially on public transportation to get around in the snow, with a 2 month old baby and working that out with shuttling 8 and 10 year old boys to their activities part of the time, but it's so important to have adults to talk to and I can't just rely on my DF during evening/weekends. He's a pretty quiet introvert anyways, so that would be impossible that I could get all my adult interaction needs met with just him. I have about 3 close girlfriends in this city + a growing number (4+) of girlfriend aquaintences that may turn into real friends. I don't need tons of friends that I see and spend time with, but I need at least a couple quality ones, that are on the same wavelength as I am about actually making time for one another just to spend quality time (with kids or not) and doing for one another when needs arise, etc....
Sometimes it goes a couple of weeks, or even four weeks before I realize I haven't seen any of my close friends in awhile, and I start to go nuts! At least the local groups are better than nothing during those periods when schedules aren't aligning with my inner circle, so that I don't lose my mind.post #26 of 2712/14/13 at 12:32pm
gitanamama have you looked into what your community has to offer in terms of weekly events for families? There are quite a few in my area, and I'm not near a particularly big city (about 200,000 people) or anything. There is some sort of free happening for parents to bring children in one neighborhood or another in this area nearly every day of the week, that I know of.
Another idea: the swimming hall?
What about a toddler parent exercise class?post #27 of 2712/22/13 at 8:55pm
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