If you’ve ever craved just a moment’s peace and quiet to hear your own thoughts, you’ll sympathise with this mum who wants nothing more than a blissful, child-free Mother’s Day.
The mum has confessed to being thrilled with the idea of not having her children home on Mother’s Day, but is wondering if it makes her an a**hole. The mum, aged in her 40s, has primary school aged children, and while she adores them, she needs a break.
“First, I love them more than words, yadda yadda,” she explained on reddit. “Husband is awesome and we have a great relationship. He definitely does his share of child rearing (not exactly 50/50 due to logistics of our jobs) but definitely does more housework than I do. We are really one of those happy families.
“But. I’m TIRED. And crave QUIET. I do drop-off every morning because hubs goes to work at 6am. Getting the kids up, dressed, fed, packed and off to school – ranges from seamless cheerful mornings (rare) all the way to all of us screaming and crying and punishments threatened (luckily also rare). But, kids will be kids and so the 10th time of ‘Mum? Mum? Maaam? Maaaaaammmm!’ from two floors away (while I’m in the bathroom no less), combined with “X hit me”, “Y stole my spoon”, “I forgot to do my homework”, “I can’t find my shoes”, drive me effing batty.”
“I work a full day at a semi-demanding job where I talk to people most hours of the day. Weekends are generally pretty chill without too many commitments with maybe an hour or two where the kids are preoccupied and I can have ‘me time’ to read a book or stare at TikTok or whatever.”
‘I get an entire day to myself’
Sounding familiar? The frazzled mum says she has the opportunity to enjoy some solid child-free time over Mother’s Day weekend – and she’s grabbing it with both hands!
“Hubs volunteered to take the kids Friday afternoon to FIL’s house and be back Sunday afternoon. (Mother’s Day). I love this idea as it gives me TWO mornings to sleep in and an entire full day to myself. Plus the kids love FIL’s house and will have a blast.”
While she’s completely fine with the situation, her friends and family have weighed in with varying opinions.
“Well – to hear others’ reactions – the fact that I will wake up Sunday morning to a quiet house obviously means I am a horrible person and really don’t love my kids at all. I mean, (gasp!) what MOTHER doesn’t want to spend Mother’s Day with her CHILDREN!’ Hi, Yes, that would be me. Someone even told my husband he was the a**hole for making Mother’s Day about him and his family (who I love btw).
“I want time to myself but please tell me – am I the a**hole? (This is happening regardless … so more just curious on how bad I should feel about it).”
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