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OnSugar Blog: A Break From the Routine?

Lots of moms think out loud, and doccarrie does, too. A Break From the Routine? comes from the Doctor Mom blog on OnSugar.

I don't love hot, but I love Summer. There are so many more options for good, child friendly daytime activities. On the flip side, however, Summer really messes with my kids' schedules. They go to sleep late, they wake up late and mealtimes occasionally seem optional. Not the best combination for this mommy who craves routine, but I'm rolling with it.

Last night, I came home to my babysitter playing with the girls outside in the sprinkler after they had dinner. We brought them in, showered them and then I gave them a special dessert treat. I planned to do a video then bed. Sounds perfect (to me). My husband came home and I took a shower. He had not eaten dinner. And, in those five short minutes while I was in the shower they, somehow, manipulated him into believing that they were hungry and needed him to make them a fresh pot of mac and cheese. At 8:30 pm. After dinner, dessert and part of my dinner. Really?!?!?

I understand both sides of the issue. Telling them no will lead to much whining and distress. And then will turn into two children claiming they are hungry when they are in bed. But, I side more with order. They had their chance at eating. They don't need another meal. They are just manipulating their Daddy to stay up later. Beyond obvious to this well seasoned Mommy of Two Master Manipulators.

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