Mr. Mom Survives

November 19, 2003

[Mr. Mom movie poster]I just survived a long weekend (Friday-Monday) without Kay, who went down to SoCal for her dad’s 75th birthday. Being a single parent is a lot of work! Even when the kids were in school on Friday and Monday, there was a lot to be done in the world of an at-home parent. You drop the kids off and think, “I’ve got all day,” but really you only have 6 hours. Go home, shower, eat breakfast (because you were busy earlier packing the kids’ lunches), clean up — and now you have 5 hours. And so the day goes. I am amazed that Kay manages to get anything done!

During the weekend proper, alone with the kids, I did discover that there is a pleasing rhythm to being a single parent. It’s a lot of work, but it’s very fulfilling and keeps you busy. Only when the kids got to bed and I actually had time to myself did I feel lost.

So hats off to all the at-home parents and single parents out there! You have the respect of this Mr. Mom. (But I sure am glad to have Kay back home.)

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

One response to Mr. Mom Survives

  1. Cute entry— Like Mrs. Doubtfire! I’m sure you’re a great mom like Kay, Jon. =)