Last year, I attended a women’s conference at my church. I was hesitant to go at first, feeling bad that my husband would have to take care of the kids the whole weekend. But, he knew I really needed this time away to recharge and get encouraged.
I had a wonderful time, catching up with friends I haven’t talked to in a long time, making new friends, and hearing from a great speaker, who taught on the theme of becoming a peacemaker.
Now I was ready to come back home to my loving family. Or was I?
Whether you’re coming back home from a church retreat, a bloggers’ conference, or even a moms’ night out, there are at least 5 things you should never expect when you get home.
Don’t expect the dishes to be clean
Or the floors to be swept or the toys to be put away, etc., etc. Yay for the husbands or babysitters, who can manage to keep up with house chores as well as with the kids! But don’t be surprised if cleaning is lower on the priority list for the sake of keeping your children alive.
Don’t expect your husband to follow the same routine
He’s going to do things differently. To the kids, Daddy’s way might be better (because Mommy can be strict sometimes). Maybe they’ll have pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Maybe they’ll play a little more video games than usual. Maybe they’ll do all the rough play that Mommy usually says no to. Let them have their special time with Daddy, even if things aren’t done the way you would do them.
Don’t expect the kids to be in bed
If you’re coming home in the evening, it would be nice if the kids are all soundly sleeping. You go to their rooms, gently pull the blanket over them, give them a soft kiss on the cheek, and whisper a prayer for them. Oh, such a peaceful scene! But, more than likely, they will be up past their bedtime, or if they are in bed, they are lying there awake, anticipating that you will be home soon.
Don’t expect your husband to be at his best
You may be excited to share with your husband all that happened from your time away. I’m sure he’s looking forward to hearing all about it, but let the man rest. You know how tiring it gets to take care of your kids all day. Even more so for someone who isn’t used to have so many consecutive hours with those little angels.
Don’t expect you have a break from being a mom
Sure, it was nice to get a little break from wiping noses and bottoms. It was nice not to think about what you need to make for dinner. It was nice to be exempt from chores for a day or two. But guess what? When you come back, you should be ready to be back, washing dirty little hands as well as dirty dishes.
After your time away, there is one thing though, that you should definitely expect and look forward to:
Lots of hugs and kisses!
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