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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Empowering Girls: Daddy Weekend

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by Tracee Sioux

I'm on a bus with other political activists going to the Texas Democratic Convention in Austin. I'll be blogging from there. I won't go home until Sunday. A whole weekend when I can set aside my role as Mommy.

It's a Daddy Weekend. The kids will hang out with Daddy. He'll do things his way.

No, I did not cook them meals for 3 days. My man knows how to use a stove and a microwave and even my two-year-old can scavenge for an apple or cup of yogurt when he is hungry.

No, I am not the least bit nervous about leaving them. He's their father, not an axe murderer. He will get them to bed, feed them food, put clothes on them. He's perfectly competent.

No, I did not leave instructions. He can figure out how to manage our two children as well as, or sometimes better than I can.

Yes, the house will be likely clean when I return. It might be cleaner than I left it, in my mad rush to pack and not forget anything. If it's not, well my house usually pretty messy by Monday.

Yes, I think he invited his friends over to play cards, watch football and drink beer. I'm not sad about missing that party.

No, I don't feel guilty. Why should I? Being all Mommy all the time makes me feel disconnected from myself. I need to hear myself think without having someone demand a drink of me. The physical liberation I feel from not carrying around a 32 pound baby is startling. I feel more competent and confident when I feel like I have some power outside my own house.

Yes, I leave my children several times a year. Even if it's only overnight.

Yes, I always come back a better mother because I've filled my own cup, if you will. My soul will be refreshed, I'll have more confidence, I'll feel more competent, I'll be happier. I'll have more patience and energy as a mother.

Yes, the kids miss me. But, they also get a lot out of their Daddy Time. They feel a deeper connection and bonding with Daddy. It's healthy.

3 comments:

that girl said...

You're so lucky.. I'm going to follow your example on the time away thing.

RaisinCookies said...

I left my family for 15 days a couple of months ago to fly back to America, my homeland. My kids, all under the age of 5 at the time, we very well taken care of by my husband and his parents.
I don't think I'll leave them for such a long period of time ever again, though. I missed them terribly after day 10 or so. :)

Tracee said...

Wow, 15 days is a long time.

I was planning to leave my baby for 2 weeks to go on a really cool trip - he was under 6 months. The closer the date came, the less I wanted to go. I chickened out. I don't know what I was thinking!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Empowering Girls: Daddy Weekend

1C48D67F-731A-4828-B20F-BDAE2B027471.jpg

by Tracee Sioux

I'm on a bus with other political activists going to the Texas Democratic Convention in Austin. I'll be blogging from there. I won't go home until Sunday. A whole weekend when I can set aside my role as Mommy.

It's a Daddy Weekend. The kids will hang out with Daddy. He'll do things his way.

No, I did not cook them meals for 3 days. My man knows how to use a stove and a microwave and even my two-year-old can scavenge for an apple or cup of yogurt when he is hungry.

No, I am not the least bit nervous about leaving them. He's their father, not an axe murderer. He will get them to bed, feed them food, put clothes on them. He's perfectly competent.

No, I did not leave instructions. He can figure out how to manage our two children as well as, or sometimes better than I can.

Yes, the house will be likely clean when I return. It might be cleaner than I left it, in my mad rush to pack and not forget anything. If it's not, well my house usually pretty messy by Monday.

Yes, I think he invited his friends over to play cards, watch football and drink beer. I'm not sad about missing that party.

No, I don't feel guilty. Why should I? Being all Mommy all the time makes me feel disconnected from myself. I need to hear myself think without having someone demand a drink of me. The physical liberation I feel from not carrying around a 32 pound baby is startling. I feel more competent and confident when I feel like I have some power outside my own house.

Yes, I leave my children several times a year. Even if it's only overnight.

Yes, I always come back a better mother because I've filled my own cup, if you will. My soul will be refreshed, I'll have more confidence, I'll feel more competent, I'll be happier. I'll have more patience and energy as a mother.

Yes, the kids miss me. But, they also get a lot out of their Daddy Time. They feel a deeper connection and bonding with Daddy. It's healthy.

3 comments:

that girl said...

You're so lucky.. I'm going to follow your example on the time away thing.

RaisinCookies said...

I left my family for 15 days a couple of months ago to fly back to America, my homeland. My kids, all under the age of 5 at the time, we very well taken care of by my husband and his parents.
I don't think I'll leave them for such a long period of time ever again, though. I missed them terribly after day 10 or so. :)

Tracee said...

Wow, 15 days is a long time.

I was planning to leave my baby for 2 weeks to go on a really cool trip - he was under 6 months. The closer the date came, the less I wanted to go. I chickened out. I don't know what I was thinking!