Tonight I was driving home from dropping my daughter off at a sleep over. I glanced at the clock only to realize it was 9:51PM… I dropped her off shortly after 8:30PM. That’s when it hit me.. I’m THAT parent.
- The parent who talks forever when they drop their child off.
- The parent that you can never seem to have a short conversation. (You will never get the “Hey here’s my kid, c-ya” from me.)
- The parent you can’t seem to get to leave your house.
- My kids jump out of the car when I drop them off places, and tell me I don’t need to come in…
With Tristan being gone, I’m never in a hurry to get back home. Anyone who knows me, knows I can talk for hours. What can I say I was blessed with the gift of gab. If I can’t talk with you for hours… There is really only one reason: I don’t like you, get over it.
I am pretty sure I will be(possibly already am) the reason parents cringe when their kids mention they’d like my kids to come over. I don’t know what happens. I go with the best intentions, really I do. I plan to go in, make quick conversation and leave.
Even my kids have caught on. Today I was dropping off Shianne, Adrian decided to stay home. I’d like to think it was more because he wanted to stay home and play video games, instead of thinking he knew I’d take an hour before I even left their house. My kids have also caught on to the fact that if I’m picking them up and I give in to the “5 more minutes” they’ve just scored another hour (minimum) of play time with their friends.
The worst was the time I was to pick up both kids at 4, I showed up at 3:30 with the good intentions to just chat a little and go home. Next thing I know it’s 6pm and they’ve taken pity on me and decided to feed the kids and I dinner. The next time I looked at the clock it was 10:30 and the kids have talked me into letting them sleep over. (Or they fell asleep the details are a bit hazy now)
It happens all the time. I just can’t control it. I’d like to think it’s because I’m so likeable and they all enjoy talking to me. I’m sure to some extend it’s true they do like me. But seriously, who comes to pick up their child at 3:30pm and doesn’t leave until 11pm. That’s 7 1/2 HOURS! Almost a full day at work! Can you please tell me someone else who’s done this. I really don’t want to be the only crazy parent out there.
I’m sure it’s one of the many side affects that come with having a long distance relationship. I spend most of my time with the kids, focusing on the kids, that when I come across another adult I feel the need to suck up as much adult time as possible. But sadly it just hit me… I’ve been this way longer then I originally thought. It has just been since I’ve become a partner in a long distance relationship! I did this while I had the dayhome as well. The mornings were always quick for drop offs but pick ups, I pretty much held their kids at ransom for a little adult conversation! Clearly there is no cure for this. I should just come with a warning sign “DO NOT engage in conversation unless you planned to do NOTHING for the next few hours!” I wonder if there is a 12 step program? At least I’m aware there is a problem right?