Sundays in my home are insanely busy.
We wake up at the crack of dawn, dress, eat and
rush out the door to church in the city. Immediately following
Mass, the kids have "church school" and my husband Brian and I head
to the parent meeting for our church. From church, I am dropped off
at Second City for class in the writing department and Brian drops
the children at their grandparents so that he can attend to any
work he has. I take the train home just in time to prepare dinner
while my husband finishes loads of laundry. After the dinner
fiasco, we begin the rush to get ready for the week, backpacks
packed, laundry folded, weekly menu is planned and everyone is
early to bed.
That is just Sunday, so you can imagine what the
rest of the week is like.
However, once the kids are in bed, exhausted from
the weekend, there is silence.
Silence and Downton Abbey.
Sunday nights lounging in my jammies, cut off from
all the communication in the world, kids sleeping sweetly upstairs
and husband sitting beside me, make me happier than Anna when Mr.
Bates was released from prison.
I am able to escape the stresses of the day and
forget about Valentine's parties, writing deadlines, homework
assignments and laundry. I have one hour where I can focus on
something else like when will the Alfred and Daisy drama end
Over the last six years of being a parent, if there
is one thing that I have learned to be the Holy Grail of parental
survival tips it is this: parents need time for themselves. When a
parent has an escape or ability to have an interest outside of
their children it can give him/her the ability to have a break from
the most difficult (and most wonderful) job on earth.
Downton Abbey gives me just the break I need from
the stress of the day, and then I am ready to take on anything that
the week can throw at me.
If nothing else, the Dowager Countess has several
pieces of advice that will help too!
Erin Skibinski is a mom of three living in Frankfort.
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