So, I’ve been the solo parent for the past 12 days, working on birthday party planning for the twins, doing all the scut work required for the day-to-day maintenance of kids (cooking meals, making snacks for them to take to school for recess, getting them to school, picking them up from school, etc.), and dealing with OlderTwin’s recent illness.
DynaPapa breezes back from his trip bearing gifts, so, of course, the kids see him as the exciting parent.
To his credit, DynaPapa makes a point of telling the kids what an awesome thing I did by being the stay-behind-parent and handling everything in his absence. So, for those of you who travel, be sure to remember to do likewise. It’s up to you to help your kids understand and acknowledge what the stay-behind-parent did in your absence. It’s not nearly as glamorous as returning with gifts but it’s equally as important as the work you did on your business trip.