I work a full-time job which is 49 miles away from my home in a major east-coast city. My shift is 7 AM to 3:30 PM, so with travel time, I’m out of the house from 5:50 AM to 4:40 PM. My super-hero wife stays at home with my daughters, Boopsy (2 and a half) and Beans (6 months). So when I get home, I start my “second shift,” while Super Wife continues her 14 hour shift. Thus, the evening shift starts, which consists of: making dinner, convincing a very stubborn 2 and a half year old to eat what is on her plate before she can have dessert, cleaning up after dinner, managing temper tantrums, nursing boo-boos, opening juice boxes, wiping noses, changing diapers, managing demands for snacks, corralling toys, bathing sticky children, convincing said children that I’m just washing their hair, not ripping it out by the roots, as their screams suggest, dressing children in pajamas, brushing teeth (not ripping out teeth, as screams would suggest), reading books, watching countless episodes of Peppa Pig on the iPad, singing lullabies, before silently escaping a sleeping child’s room. All of this takes place in roughly a 3 hour time period. So what is left of the day is the time available to have adult conversations with Super Wife, catch up on current events (lately known as “what ridiculous thing has the orange-faced asshole said today?”), clean up the house, watch some television, THEN, sit down for some hobbying. Did I mention that I work a full-time job? Did I mention that my alarm goes off at 5:10 AM to accommodate my commute? Did I mention that I have 2 children under the age of 3, so contiguous sleep longer than, say 3 hours, just doesn’t happen?
I try to squeeze in some time for hobbying in all of this chaos each night. This may mean that my 5:10 alarm is even more less-welcome, but the enjoyment I get out of painting and hobbying is well worth it for me. I ask the other parent-gamers out there: how do you handle the multiple time commitments that come with parenting and still find time for hobbying?
Thanks for reading! Until next time!