If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being a parent, it’s this — Parenting is a tough job. Everyone tells you this when you prepare to have a child, but you don’t truly understand just how tough it is until you’ve actually walked in the parenting shoes.
This goes doubly-so for single parents. When there’s two parents you can tag-team away some of the difficulty — “OK this time I’ll clean up the puke if you do it next time”. With two parents you can catch a break once in awhile, which does wonders for personal sanity. Just like a tango, parenthood is a dance that works better with two people.
With single parents, there are no breaks. It’s just one parent, ‘on’ all the time, day-and-night. (Other than very expensive daycare, or babysitters) It’s an absolute wonder to me how single parents manage it.
Well, I’m going to find out! For the next week, I’m will be playing the role of a “single” parent. No — I’m not getting a divorce. Mrs. Tako and I are happily married. No problems there. She’s just going to be “tapping-out” to go on a week-long business trip.
Which means, I’m going to be a single parent for all of next week. My work-load will be effectively doubled — making dinners, cleaning-up the inevitable messes, fixing ouchies, packing lunches, doing laundry, and everything else that’s part of being a parent. I’m going to be doing it all.
Honestly, I’m a little bit nervous. Even though I’ve taken care of the kiddos for years, I’ve never had to do it 100% on my own for more than a day or two at a time. Can I maintain my sanity?
That’s a question still open for debate.
So I’ve decided to just “ignore” the blog for next week. I’m going to focus on just being a good “single” parent. There will be no new blog posts or updates. Probably no Twitter updates either. Hell, I probably won’t even check my email next week.
Mr. Tako is dropping off the grid, so to speak. I’m going to try to be 100% focused on taking care kids, and being a good dad. I’ll be making sure they eat something that resembles food, brush their teeth, wear mostly clean clothing, and get to school on-time. (Yes, I like to keep my standards high)
Hopefully I’ll manage. No doubt I’ll be praying for Mrs. Tako’s safe return.
Wish me luck everybody!