No, I’m not being sarcastic. My daughter is at a birthday party today. And I must say, having her at a party where I don’t have to be there really is wonderful. Such a break, especially since it coincided with Gage’s nap time.

I will admit that it was a delight finding out that the parents in my area stop requiring the other parents to stay at the parties at age 5. I learned it on time to not be surprised at Ariel’s birthday. Plenty still do choose to stay, but it is so nice having the option, especially since Gage had been crying off and on starting about an hour before the party.

The sad part is that I consider it a break. I’ve been home less than a half hour and I’ve already swept and mopped the kitchen floor, and soon I’ll be starting up the bread maker.

I know I’m not the only mom who considers the ability to get these things done without interruption a break, but at the same time it drives me nuts that I can think that way! But at the same time I’ve been wanting to get to that floor, since Gage has been in full blown constant spills mode of late.

But I know a lot of stay at home moms fall into the trap of considering any time without the kids a break, no matter what they’re doing. Grocery shopping without the kids? A break. And of course the dads tend to think of these things the same way, or at least my husband does.

So what am I doing now? Blogging, working online. Between the house and my home business, real breaks don’t happen much. Good thing I love what I do.

[tags]breaks,taking a break,family,children’s birthday parties,sahm[/tags]