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Striking the balance

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sykes · 07/04/2003 15:32

My dh and I both work fulltime and are rarely home before 6:45. I leave home before 7:30 and can be home really late depending on my work schedule - meaning dh is more hands on than me with dds (two aged 3.5 and 17 months). Am now making a massive effort to get home by 6:45 but as we bath them at 7:30 it's making the most of that time when I/we can just be v tired and not the most enthusiastic of parents. Mow it's light we tend to take the dog and dds out/if not play/read etc which we all enjoy. Just wondered how other full time workers coped. I do REALLY (well, usually) look forward to seeing them but can just be so tired that it's a bit of an effort. We're v lucky and have a great full time nanny who gets to us at 7:30 and works until 6:45 and never complains about overtime etc.

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kaz33 · 07/04/2003 16:06

Its tough isn't it, you get home knackered and all you want to do is crash out with a glass of wine.
Especially tough when my DS is also tired and doesn't want to read books but run around making mess and falling over. Then its all i can manage to scoop him up and try and get him into bed.
Then of course there is all guilt and worries of not being there for him, being a bad mum, the nanny knowing your son better than you do...

When I leave work I try and think about him on the way home and how good it will be to see him. That tends to lift my tiredness so that by the time I get home I can't wait to see him and normally keeps my going until I crash into a heap and the admin and washing can just wait for another day.....

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