Husbands, For A Less Stressful Outing, Consider Leaving Your Wife At Home12,496 views
I don’t know exactly why but when I go out with the older kids and leave my wife at home, I find the whole experience to be less stressful. Its not because my wife cause me stress rather because the kids behave so much better. Yeah I have to do everything but for some reason there is no nagging from the kids. I don’t exactly know why it is but I have an idea. I think that when both parents are present the kids are always asking and nagging for things. If one parent says no, the kids will bother the other parent. However, with only one parent around the kids can’t jump from mom to dad. If dad says No, then its No. When I tell them that they can’t have something or they can’t go on some ride they are okay with it most of the time. I also think it might have to do with the attention they receive. If my wife is around, I’ll chat with her while the kids play but if she’s at home, the kids get 100% of my attention.
The only time its get challenging is when one child wants to do one thing and another child wants to do something else. Since I can’t be in two places at once one of the kids will have to give in first. Also, if one child has to go to the bathroom I have to take both kids.
Most of the time we go out together, all five of us, as one big family. Its just from time to time that I’ll take the older kids out when my wife needs a break.
If you’re the type of family that always goes on outings together and often it becomes a frustrating experience, then try leaving your spouse at home and see how it goes.
This post was submitted to the September 9 issue of the Carnival of Family Life hosted at My Two Boys.
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