Hubby is home right now, but my kids have been acting up lately because of the summer crazies! Kids really need routine, and I think changes big (like DH going away) and small affect them in ways we don't usually think about. What helped me in the past was to keep the kids in a strict routine, that way they always knew what was going to happen. And sometimes simply walking away so I could recharge helped me cope with them easier. Take walks with the kids, or plan a picnic by the park. Read stories, make crafts. Just things to keep them busy until they get used to it again. It definately takes time, but the kids will eventually relax and then hubby will be home again to change the routine, haha!
7/22/11 10:05 P
My DH is only gone for 6 wks. No biggie, right?
My LOs have turned into little monsters! I think it's the combination of time since his last significant time away (2 years), summer - they have cabin fever, and their ages. They fight with each other constantly now - and they used to be the best playmates.
My 3-yr-old DS is the worst. He just doesn't even care about any of the punishments anymore. It takes 2 hrs. to get him to bed b/c he won't stay in or listen. And, he's suddenly wetting his pants during the day!
It's exhausting. They seemed to change overnight when DH left. In many ways, I don't know who these kids are.
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