My Two “Only” Children

by Lisa Donovan

Both of my kids seem to think they are only children.  I can understand it from my six year old, who went for four years being, indeed, the only child.  I suppose my daughter is just mimicking his behavior and, thus, I have quite a conundrum on my hands.  Two kids who believe they get should get full attention and full rights to everything in the house is quickly becoming my worst nightmare. 

Then again, it could just be a symptom of summer wearing thin on us.  We are, officially, out of activities.  We are, officially, bored (read: annoyed) with each other.  We are, officially, wiped out.  The part that is distressing for me is that when my children are one on one with me or my husband - it is the best time in the world.  But add a sibling to the equation and it is utter chaos.  We cannot all be in the same room together without someone breaking into hysterics.  I have tried patience and redirection but, what I am realizing it breaks down to is the simple fact alone that my kids don’t like sharing the limelight - even if equally distributed.  I hate that I am wishing away the rest of the summer but, the reality is, I really (really) am.

So, at the advice of my mother, I have planned out this week and, until the end of the summer will spend each Sunday night scheduling our days as if I were a summer camp director.  I have noticed that the worst days are the ones that don’t involve a lot of direction from me or my husband - those days when we just want to “get stuff done around the house” (i.e. lay around and read a good book).  So, I have planned two outings for this week, one strategically placed in the middle of the week to get us over the hump.  Then, throughout the week and in between the big outings I have scheduled playdates and picnics and trips to the YMCA for swimming.  Staying active is the key, my mom says.  If it doesn’t work out the frenzy the kids are in, it will - at the very least - distract me from the nervous breakdown I am about to have.  So, this is what they call ”being on the verge”, eh? 

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This entry was posted on Monday, July 24th, 2006 at 8:26 am and is filed under Activities, Daily Living. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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