Posted on | January 3, 2014 | 22 Comments
When I was a kid, I took things like summer vacation, Spring break, Fall break, and Christmas break as a God send. My mom worked as a stay at home mom so when school was out, we were home and it was amazing: sleeping in, staying in pjs all day, watching cartoons, going to the park… all the things you just really want to do year round. I looked forward to every single break. Every single one.
Let’s just fast forward to now, shall we?
And y’all? School breaks are the DEVIL.
See, I’m a single mom who works outside the home. I pay an arm and a leg for J’s “school” and when it’s closed, I have to either find the money to pay someone else to keep him or take him to work with me. DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT IT’S LIKE TO TAKE YOUR CHILD TO WORK WITH YOU?
Oh please, let me enlighten you.
We get here at 8. By 8:05 he’s asking if it’s time to go home. He will then continue to ask that every fifteen minutes until it actually is time to go home… or until my head explodes. If I get on the telephone with a client or an adjuster or an opposing counsel, he immediately “needs” me to come see a video or hear a joke and he will say “MOM” at the top of his lungs until I acknowledge him. Santa brought him headphones so I wouldn’t have to listen to the movies or tv shows he watches at work or in the car only Santa didn’t realize that the natural effect of this would be that he would leave the headphones plugged in and scream “MOM YOU HAVE GOT TO SEE THIS FUNNY VIDEO” right when I’m in the middle of being all bad ass attorney on the phone.
It’s hard to be a bad ass attorney when someone is simultaneously calling you mom. Trust me.
All of this to say, that there has to be a better option than this. It’s not fair to me or to J to drag him into the office and if it weren’t for my ex in-laws, then I would have had to do this for a week and a half over Christmas. What do other working parents do during these breaks? WHAT DO YOU DO? Because I’m at my wits end and there are so many “breaks” ahead that I’m already developing an eye twitch. Do I have to find alternative child care? Do I have to hire a nanny?
Seriously… what do you do?