01-09-2014 10:01 AM
01-11-2014 11:49 AM
First of all, thank you for being so open and honest about what you are feeling.
It is my opinion that in order for you to be the best dad you can, you need to take good care of yourself. I think taking every other fFriday to yourself is a great way to do that. Then when the kids are with you, you can focus more energy on them instead of always wanting to send them off.
It's hard to balance work, kids, husband/wife and all the other things life throws at us. I think that by you being aware of what you are feeling and trying to find something that works for the whole family, you are being the best dad you can be
Please stay in touch and let us know how things go.
01-17-2014 07:07 AM
It is very important to balance own life with children. Youare quite successful in that and the best thing is you know where it goes wrong. This is not about selfishness, but taking time out for self. You are aware of the situation and trying to improve it. Create a list of the entertaining things you desire to do with kids, I am sure you and children both will enjoy it.
01-21-2014 11:10 AM
Do you need a break from the kids or just a break from Daddy duties? I'm a full-time stay at home Mom, so my boys (2 and 4) are with me almost 24/7. I hate being separated from them, so this works out. I do get tired of being treated like a maid, personal chef, and referee though. At these time, I explain to the kids that I need a break, and tell them they must do whatever task they are calling me for themselves. I normally won't even leave their sides for this, but I am there more as a playmate than a parent for a period. This is normally enough of a break for me. When the boys were babies, I would take breaks by getting them involved in a calming activity for me. Going for walks, reading, playing a video game. I found that as long as I was smiling and getting a little overly into the activity, the kiddos would be happy about it as well. I preferred getting them involved in my "me" time instead of giving up time with them.