The mister is a king among men for going off to work before the rest of us are awake and coming home just in time for dinner and general crankiness and sometimes bathtime, which falls onto his roster of parental duties. I don't say thanks for that often enough. And sometimes I'm so ungrateful that I manage to feel bad that I have to work while Bo is sleeping and that P. still goes off to childcare every day - instead of feeling at least a little grateful that I can mostly turn work off when Bo wakes up to lay on the ground while he complains about being on his tummy until we both pack up to pick up P. while it's still light out.
Which is nothing compared to being gone 10 or 11 hours every day. Which is what the mister has to do, Monday through Friday.
Everyone who says mamas don't get breaks are right, but let's not forget that if there's a papa or a partner in the picture, their workday is not a break. (I've done the out of the house gig, and the office was not where I went to get away from it all.) And hopefully, those papas and partners are like the mister and are knee-deep in housework as soon as they get home. The mister goes from one kind of work to another and back again - something that weighs on my soul so hard I'd rather make less money for twice as much work just so I can be at home.
So please please make an effort to thank your co-parent today, especially if he or she spends most of the week away from home and family. It's a lot harder than you may realize!
But enough of he heavy stuff... happy Friday! Have some links:
If you love cinnamon, try this recipe (and add extra cinnamon, like I did)
A tough parental realization
Pausing before responding - I need to work on it, for real
Love this idea for parking lot safety
Homemade Clif bars? Yes, please!
P. and I need to get moving on these (Easter's so early this year *whine*)
And finally, if you haven't already, please sign up for the Mom Meet Mom beta!
See you on Monday :)