If your anything like me, not that you would want to be, you relish every break you get from the trials and tribulations of special needs parenting. For me, it’s not that I don’t like being with my three boys with #Autism, because I do, it’s just nonstop and exhausting.
A few times a year, my wife and I find ourselves childless for a few hours. Today is one of those rare days where Emmett is with my parents and Elliott and Gavin are with Lizze’s parents.
You would think this is a good thing and it is but it’s also a challenge in and of itself.
Perhaps that sounds weird but let me explain. First of all, this hardly ever happens. Sure we might be down one or two kids at times but never all three.
Secondly, the frustrating part comes into play when trying to decide what to do with the free time. I mean the very first thing that comes to mind is simply, going to sleep. As special needs parents,my wife and I never get enough sleep.
However, at the same time, it seems like a waste of time.
I say a waste of time because there is sooooo much that needs to be done around the house. The only chance I have to really play catch up is these rare occasions when all the kids are gone at the same time.
Like my favorite TV character, Adrian Monk used to say, it’s a blessing and a curse.
That’s actually pretty darn accurate too. It’s great to be without the kids every once in awhile, but because it’s such a rare occurrence, it’s tough to figure out what to do with the free time.
Should we take advantage of time and rest up in preparation for their inevitable return or spend the time cleaning the house and getting caught up on everything that has been put on hold?
Do any of you ever have this, and I hate to use the word problem, but problem?
**Thanks for reading**
-Lost and Tired
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I am a full time live in caregiver and I am not a parent, and I know I get paid to do this, where as parents do not, but yes I wish some times for some down time, time just for me..Nope I don't get respite unless I pay for it with my own money…So yes I am here 24/7 and every day of the year so when u say you are tired and need a break, I know what you mean..
I might be a little nuts though, because I also run an adult day care out of my home, I guess I am a glutton for punishment 🙂