Wednesday, February 1, 2012

When they form a gang

Find the rest at here. Thank you Amber Dusick, for illustrating my life.

Our routines since we all returned to Canada have been all over the place. Our home routines have always seemed a bit different than most, but that's mostly because our lives were shaped by both the freedoms and limitations of academic life. Matt could stay home with them in the morning while I worked, then we'd switch places in the afternoon. It was a gift to be able to work around an academic schedule, where our work could be slipped in between classes and other obligations (at times it was also a curse, as anyone who works from home can tell you). Things are much the same now, though we don't have actual jobs to work around yet. But like before, we take turns giving the other one space to get some work done, whether it's looking for jobs, working part-time, or simply getting some well-earned alone time. Things will change a bit now that I'm staying home with them more often.

But I'm straying from my actual point here, and it is this: whatever the routine, Matt and I each spend a lot of time alone with both kids during the week, and I'm fairly certain the two of them plan out how best to gang up on the one of us. I expect that it's usually Alyce doing the scheming, but I should really give Shira more credit (because I'm pretty sure her wild pleas for attention are often just about distracting me from the goings on in the next room). However the plans are hatched, it has become evident that the two have learned to work together, as a team, to make us run harder, faster, and in more circles, around the games they play. Sometimes it's truly irritating, but mostly it's just hilarious.

But don't tell them I said that.

Any of you more seasoned parents more than one child have any advice for me?

1 comment:

  1. Divide and conquer? Some days. Others, it's run and hide. We have three. Our heads are spinning by bedtime. They are a litter. Like, the beginning of a pack. And you know what pack animals do. They hunt in groups. Like those velociraptors in Jurassic Park. Yep. Run and hide.