I love Friday Night
It has been a while since we did a "break the rules" night at our house. This could include anything and everything from eating dessert first to permission to jump on the bed. Well after this week I am ready to break some rules. I know that my life could be much more difficult than it is, but my schedule on Wednesday was as follow:
Leave work pick up first child at daycare, drive four blocks to pick up second child from school, rush home ( a 25 minute commute) try to wake up four year old ( who has not adjusted to a new schedule without a nap) get his soccer gear on, say hello to babysitter and third child and give them instructions for his tae kwon do lesson, rush to soccer--(managed to get it all done in 90 minutes) and yes after soccer I had to give in to McDonald's for dinner.
Thursday my schedule was not much better. Leave work at 5:05 and pick up my car from the garage and swallow the $1, 000 dollar repair bill. Rush approx 3 miles to daycare to pick up two kids and then rush approx 24 miles to pick up third child from various after school activity. The reward was a delicious dinner of pulled pork which had been in the crock pot since 6:30 am.
So while kids will enjoy pizza and ice cream tonight along with their favorite shows or a movie, I may decided to indulge in a nice glass of wine or better yet maybe I'll just have ice cream for dinner.
The truth is we are all very busy trying to take care of our children, their needs and desires as well as trying to satisfy our own. Sometimes you need to take a deep breath and take a break, or enjoy being silly. For me Friday night is a time to not be rushing anywhere and to give the kids a break from their activities and homework. We will actually be missing a few activities but my kids don't know that and sometimes you just have to say "no" not tonight. I see a lot of parents unable to say NO or make choices. I think this is unfortunate. If you try to cram too much into a day or week, nobody wins. Enjoy going with the flow and everyone will be happier and a bit more relaxed even if just for an evening. Here's to Friday nights.