My husband and I were at a fifth birthday party
last week chatting with another parent as one does at these things.
We didn't really know the other parent, so made polite
conversation. He also has three young kids about the same ages as
ours. We laughed about how nuts it can be. Somehow we touched on a
shared appreciation for a Sunday morning show that we all enjoyed.
He said something along the lines of feeling officially old now
that he watches it. We laughed and commented that we used to watch
it every week, but since having kids we don't really watch TV
unless it's a kids show or at night when they're
His response was something to effect of "Yeah, well you
can't give up everything. Sometimes the kids need to realize you're
doing something else." At the time we nodded in agreement, but I
wanted to say "Really? You can watch TV on a Sunday morning? That
It really made me think . . . Do I have the only kids in
the world who don't give us an inch of breathing room on Sunday
mornings? They wake up with a laundry list of things they want to
play or do. And if they don't have a list, they ask us to give them
ideas while physically sitting on our laps or asking to be picked
up or running their hands through my hair. Are my kids just really
needy? Should they be able to entertain themselves? Is this guy
actually watching TV on a Sunday over a nice hot cup of coffee?
Because the last time I had a hot cup of coffee on a Sunday morning
was in 2008. What is his secret?
And the biggest question of all . . . Are we suckers for
not watching something that we enjoy and telling our kids to stay
in the playroom (how does that even work anyway?) or is giving it
up just part of being a parent?
I do believe that there are things we need to hang onto as
a parent. If you have a passion, it's important for your kids to
see you devote time and energy to something. Just like it's
important for your kids to see you take time for yourself to
exercise. It's all about teaching kids about good habits, showing
them how to work hard for something and letting them know that
parents have more going on than just changing diapers, making food
and going to work. Is this the same thing?
I know our time to start watching the show will come
again, so I'm okay with skipping it for now. Before I know it we'll
be sitting with our hot cups of coffee while our kids are still in
bed, remembering these days when they actually wake up in the
morning excited to hang out with us.
Until then I'll be drinking cold coffee on the hard floor
of the playroom.
What do you think? What things are you not willing to give
up as a parent?
Lisa Hanneman is a mother of three, which makes her an expert on everything and nothing. She writes about her family’s daily nonsense and overbooked life at Hannemaniacs.
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