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Old 01-29-2002, 12:48 PM
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Question do you go off duty?

I go off duty at 7 pm. I still do the baths and the bedtime stuff but I won't cook, not unless it comes from the microwave, No laundry, no real cleaning, nothing but unwinding stuff, enjoyable stuff. Now don't get me wrong I still help dd with her stuff but I'm talking the ' house' stuff
Sometimes I feel guilty for this rule but I enjoy sanity
Does anyone else do this?
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Old 01-29-2002, 04:26 PM
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Good Concept!!!

That's a wonderful way to do things!!
You gave me a good idea!!!

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Old 01-29-2002, 05:54 PM
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Yep! After the dinner dishes are done, so am I. That's usually around 7 for me too. I of course get the kids in bed, read stories, etc, but as far as housework goes, forget it! I do enough during the day LOL
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Yep same here. I don't have a particuar time though, just after the dks have been snacked and dinner dishes are done. Every once in awhile I will fold laudry during tv time, if I want the next day, all day to myself. For the most part after "the kitchen is closed" it is family time. My time is stolen away when the dks are in school and dh is at work and I am home alone, easier than fighting for it.
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Old 01-31-2002, 07:38 AM
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I do the same thing with no set time. I work 3 evenings a week and after I get home and get the kids in bed, I'm done. No matter how messy the house is, it will still be there come morning!(unfortunately)
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Take time for yourself!!

I remember the days before children when I still worked outside the home and didn't do anything to the house until I wanted to. All that changed Oct. 24, 1998 when my first was born. All of sudden I was getting up at 5am and not getting to bed till midnight after the last load of laundry was finished. It took me about a year before I realized, just because I was a housewife and new mom did not mean I had to kill myself every single day, all day to maintain the house and family and it didn't mean I wasn't doing my job!
TO ALL NEW HOUSEWIVES AND/OR MOMS YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO IT ALL IN ONE DAY. IT WILL BE THERE TOMORROW 'WITH FRIENDS'
Sorry to yell, but I wish someone had told me sooner.
Now, I get up at 6am and have my time till 8am (my 3 yr old gets up at 7am but plays quietly till 8) then I get up my youngest (1 1/2yr) and start my day working on what I can, when I can and after the kids go to bed at 8pm sharp I do what I want. Computer, reading, soaking in a hot tub, whatever till I'm ready for bed. I find I get more things accomplished during the day taking time in the morning and evening for my sanity. Best yet my friends who work outside their homes say things like 'I don't know how you do it, I don't think I could ever get anything done with two children'. I tell them I don't get anything done, I just work on it one day at a time.
By the way, my hat is off to all you parents with more than two children, my two can make me have moments of insanity. Any more and they would have to lock me away! So Bravo, Great Job, Atta Girl/Boy!
I think I got off subject. Please forgive me.
Sorry this is so long and I didn't mean to exclude all you househusbands and/or new dads.
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Old 02-28-2002, 07:46 AM
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I go off duty too. If my kids or hubby want me to make lunches or sew, or find or wash ... they MUST do it before 10:00. My day is over and I absolutely refuse to budge. I am trying to move it back to 9:00 but so far it hasn't worked. I envy your 7:00 end!
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Time off, what is that (LOL)

The only off duty time I have is when my dh and dd are sound asleep... if I can stay awake after that it is a miracle.
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Old 07-04-2002, 07:44 AM
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No I really do not go off Duty because of My DH's work schedule!!

No I really do not go off Duty because of My DH's work schedule!!
When I do get a break it is when DD goes for the weekend to my Parents house and then I am doing housework so I really am not getting a break!! When she is home I do things with her and I do housework I can do when she is here and she can help!! Whe she is not here I do the housework I usually can't finish when she is here!! So No I really don't ever go off Duty or get a Break From Housework and from DD but I would not change it for anything!!
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Old 06-22-2003, 03:55 PM
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off duty?? you mean there is such a thing???

I have the laundry going all night. The dishes either get done before I'm in bed, or they wait until I get to them. I usually have to get up at least twice a night for ds (who is still not sleeping solidly through the night - GRUH!!!!), so I usually concider myself on duty ALL the time.

DH is the only one of us working, so he feels like it's my duty to "take care of the kids" - which means practically everything gets done by me.

So I am never off duty.
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