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* Parenting at Bedtime is Whack-a-Mole.

* This sounds about right. It does get easier, tho.

* On depression and stay-at-home moms.

* This is brilliant.

* Now that I have this list, I need never leave the house again.

* You might find something you want here, in addition to something from me. (Personally, I'm all about Charlie Daniels' fiddle....)

* I hate 'em, too, Jennifer Ouellette.

* And I thought *I* was the only one the Obama campaign was stalking. Hrumph.


That's okay. I hate the cooked ones (not to the point of nausea, though. If a pizza tastes too tomatoey I will scrape off the sauce. And pick out all the sun-dried tomatoes off anything.

Am I the only person to notice that the stay at home life can induce depression because the work is endless? The work itself really is not That hard. Ok, the weeks with multiple sick and pucky people are REALLY hard. But it is the fact that the laundry is never Really DONE, the kitchen is only ever a few hours from being trashed and the toys never stay put away. Even weekends and holidays are still work days and vacations bring a whole new set of difficulties. There is no sick time and often no adult conversation. Last week I had a fantasy of three days where no one needed me. Just a dream, like winning the lottery.

Sue B. I think you are right. Also, a change is as good as a rest, and parents that work outside the home have a change built into their day.

Ditto on the never done, no real rest thing. When Joe asked me what I wanted for Mother's Day it was really all I could do not to say, "Two nights in a hotel with meals included. See you all on Monday."

The never done thing was why I took up knitting. I really needed to do something that I liked, that I could finish and that stayed finished. A sense of accomplishing something that stayed finished helped me immeasurably when my kids were young.

Wow! I thought I was the only person in the world who hates raw tomatoes.

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