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As the kids get older and schedules have become more demanding, I find myself having less and less time to enjoy things that are just “mine”. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and how it’s really not just me giving up my “mine” things, but all of us. Single parenting means that there is no second person there to buffer for the 5 year old when he’s not in love with the idea of a school dance, but has a 7 year old sister dying to go to her first Monster Mash. It also means that that I might have to compromise on our dinner choices for a second night because it’s just not worth the fight to avoid “nuggets v 2.0”. In sharing a bedroom for the first time ever, both kids have given up on their privacy – I gave up on mine a long time ago.
Growing up, sharing my space was the norm. It’s just what we did. Going from independent spaces to a smaller, shared space is somewhat of a mini-milestone for my kids. This is a learning experience for them – for all of us – and we’re working our way through it. One thing that’s been a lifesaver is Netflix. The things my kids like to watch on TV could not be more different than night and day! With their screen time being quite limited during the week, the last thing I want to do is force either of hem to watch something they don’t want to watch or have to choose nothing at all.
The same can be said for me. I have absolutely zero desire to sit and watch Power Rangers, but the 5 year old boy is all about it. Me? I’d rather be catching up on Revenge or binge-watching The Walking Dead. The girl? She’s all over the place. Her 30 minutes of screen time might include three 10 minute segments for various shows, or she might watch a solid 30 minute block of a movie. The awesome thing is: we can all watch what we want and not get in each others way.
Sharing a room is just one of the first (I’m sure!) of many, many mini-milestones my kids will face together over the next year. There will be some major milestones too (like sending my last baby off to Kindergarten!)
What milestones, big or little, are your kids celebrating right now?
Oh, and are YOU watching Revenge or The Walking Dead??? I need someone to gab with about the end of last season of Revenge! (Oh.My.Word.) and I’m only a few episodes away from finishing the last season of The Walking Dead!