Whose Phase Is It Anyway?

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When I created the category ‘Phase 3 of X on my blog’, my intent was to focus on the phases experienced by Joe and Charlie. The boys have traveled through the infant phase and toddler phase, and now Joe has entered the Kindergarten phase. As a result, I wanted a place to write about the various cycles and developments. However, as the 2nd week of Kindergarten comes to a close, I can’t help but ask, “Whose phase is it anyway?”

Joe’s first day was uneventful. The days that followed his first day were equally uneventful; that is, the time he spent at a new school and in a new environment were uneventful. At home? Not so uneventful. And, this is the part where I step in and realize, I have entered a new phase; it is called the ‘My child is home with me more’ phase. Um. How long will this phase last?

Yeah, I’ve already written about having to adjust to working at home with a child in the house. But, what about not working at home with a child in the house? Though I am readily available for my boss and coworkers 8hrs a day Monday – Friday, I have a great deal of ‘free’ time to tackle chores and – frankly – do nothing.  And, when my kids were in day-care, they spent a full day in day-care (8am – 5pm). When I got the boys home, I’d have them in bed within 3hrs. So, aside from weekends, there wasn’t much time (or cause) for trouble and discipline.

Earlier this week, I went out to dinner with a friend of mine. She was laughing at me and teasing me about my cushy (time-wise) life of having the boys gone a full day, while I was home working a flexible job. And now – NOW I have a kid with me from 2:30 until bedtime. ACK! What?! I actually have to take care of my kid more than three hours a weekday? Seriously? I suppose you are going to tell me I have to interact with my child, too.

Thank goodness, at least for one more year, I don’t have to pick up my 2nd child until 5pm. I cannot imagine being home with both boys for for so many hours prior to bedtime. I mean, after I give my job 5hrs in a day, I have enough flexibility to do whatever I want with the remaining day (provided my boss can reach me). Just last month, I spent many hours watching and enjoying several movies in the afternoon before picking the boys up at daycare. Now how will I get through my queue of 314 movies on Netflix? Huh? And, they are just about to release the 2009 season of Dexter! When am I suppose to fit that in the schedule? Hmmm … is it wrong to have a 5yr old child watch a drama about a serial killer who only kills serial killers? At least Dexter is killing mean people, right?

And Oprah. This is Oprah’s last season! How am I going to watch O-o-0-o-oprah, when my kid is home with me?! Craziness people. Whose phase is this anyway? And, how long does it last?

Now if you’ll excuse me, my son has homework. We have to read a book together; rather he has to read the book, and I have to observe. You’d think the school would send home something more interesting like “Kiss Me If You Can” by Carly Phillips. But no, we have to read “Babe, the Big Hit” about an elephant in a circus, and I’m guessing there will be no romance. Maybe next week?

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4 thoughts on “Whose Phase Is It Anyway?

  1. Mo

    Lenore,
    I hope you are doing ok. It concerns me that you aren’t finding more joy with your kids. Maybe you should get a hobby or job you enjoy more to help complete yourself. I know they are challenging at their ages, but you will blink and they will be gone. Try to enjoy the moment.
    Mo

    • Mo –
      Thanks for reading my blog. I am doing well, actually. My post today was intended to be funny. I’ve enjoyed taking Joe to school in the morning, and I enjoy picking him up in the afternoon. I even enjoy making his lunch every morning. (Though check back, as that may grow old eventually.) And as for picking up a hobby I enjoy doing – well, this is why I started blogging. I have always enjoyed writing, and I decided to go public via blogging at the start of 2010.
      Joe and Charlie do bring me great joy – more joy than frustration. I’m not sure how many posts you’ve read, but I think you’ll find I’ve shared many happy moments with my boys. I sincerely appreciate you reaching out, though. And, I am glad you read my blog. I hope you’ll read it again another time.
      Lenore

    • Hilarious. No worries, I’m glad you said something. You raise a great point – I haven’t a clue how folks read what I write. I will try to do a better job of being obvious with my sarcasm and humor (provided I had an humor to start with). I’m glad you check my blog out from time to time. Thank you!

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