And Then They All Got on the Bus

Hallelujah, my GLORY DAY HAS ARRIVED! My youngest child starts kindergarten this year. At approximately 7:50 a.m., on that fateful first day of school, all three of my kids will board the big yellow monster and head off to school leaving me…alone. Not the bad kind of alone either.

I will still have the same things to do around the house: grocery shopping, laundry, yard work, home improvement projects and my blog, but, during my time as a stay-at-home dad over the past five years, I’ve always had a “helper” by my side – shadowing, asking questions and critiquing every move I made.

Not this year. My pace will change to that of a childless adult. Errand running will be swift and decisive. There will be no more unplanned stops at the Dollar Days section at Target. I could, potentially, cross off a day’s worth of to-do’s in only a few short hours.

To all you stay-at-home parents, I’m not bringing all this up to brag. I mention it to give you hope that one day, you will be in my shoes. One day, you will be able to put your kids on the bus, then head to the post office, grocery store, Target or The Home Depot and finish up in time to even have lunch – alone.

Cheers to you (and me) brothers and sisters of the at-home parenting club!


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