Done w/childcare-what's the difference?

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Done w/childcare-what's the difference?
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Tue, 08-11-2009 - 10:07am

Yesterday morning I put my youngest on the school bus for the first time.

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Thu, 08-13-2009 - 10:12am

Ditto. The cleaning lady usually spends about 4-5 hours and she washes all the floors, gives the kitchen cabinets a once over, cleans windows as needed and does some laundry.

In addition, I probably spend a half to a whole hour a day on random cleaning and tidying. Then there is another hour on cooking and cleaning up after cooking, sometimes more time on the latter.

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Thu, 08-13-2009 - 10:28am

so what

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Thu, 08-13-2009 - 10:31am
I think though when you are faced with a child who has a true passion for something- something that really completes him/her that does more for him/her than you thought possilbe-- you may revaluate how much down time you need -- I could no sooner take Liza out of dance and theater and voice than I could cut off her right hand b/c it got in my way.
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Thu, 08-13-2009 - 10:34am

"it takes me 15 minutes a week to clean the shower with bleach powder and sweep and mop the floors in both bathrroms, and another 15 minutes to clean the sinks and the toilets and to wipe down the surfaces in the bathrooms twice a week. we vaccum and mop all the floors on the first floor weekly or as needed, and we clean the kitchen when we use it."


So you have 1 and a half baths?

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Thu, 08-13-2009 - 10:34am

because we're getting ready for Kelly to move in next month we've been doing a lot of reorgainzing which has led unfortunately to me having to clean LOL ....but I consider this moment in time an abberation LOL -- when she comes though I expect there will be mroe cleaning b/c she's completely mental about cleaning so hey more power to her....


laundry is not something that takes me a concentrated amount of time- I thrown in a load - go do something else -- swim- read - heck even go to work - throw it in the drier when I come back -- throw it in the basket and get around to folding it at some point!

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Thu, 08-13-2009 - 11:03am

Why is it a parents problem to figure out how a child spends their time. That seems like an issue for the child to figure out.

Why is how a child wants to spend their time more important than how a parent wants to spend their time?

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Thu, 08-13-2009 - 11:04am
I commute more than 15 hours a week and I can't do errands at lunchtime. There's just not that much open at 3:30am.

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Thu, 08-13-2009 - 11:07am

i responded to something well shy of passion. my girl only recently found a passion for baskeball--but that was after years of us toting her and her brother to various activities. our motivation was to give them the opportunity to explore, to see if they found a passion in any one of a number of things. and to keep them active, and to allow them to forge friendships outside of the neighborhood and school, and to let them learn how to be coached(/taught/supervised), and to let them explore the community that they live in, and on and on.


my kids have got a lot more than enjoyment (and they've got a lot of that, too) out of sports and other activities. sure, sometimes it's a drag to keep it up, but most of the time it is

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Thu, 08-13-2009 - 11:18am

Downtime doesn't happen between 5 and 8 for me. That time is used quite often for errands or cleaning or attending to the kids' needs or doing other stuff that needs to be done around the house. If that time is not spent on those things, it means that those things have to be done after the kids go to bed, which is usually when I get my downtime.

If I were able to get most of that stuff done during the day, I would have more time to spend on fun stuff and stuff outside of the house in the evenings.

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Thu, 08-13-2009 - 11:20am

but, then, if the

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