When They Are All Grown Up, Will Those Dirty Dishes Matter?

We opted for the fair this weekend, rather than the dishes.

I work 40 hours a week, my Fiance puts in 40 hours plus a week.  By the time we get home at night, it’s close to 5:30-6:00pm.  I see the laundry that needs to be put away.  I see the dirty dishes from the night before.  But, most importantly, I see my 3 babies that I haven’t seen all day.

We play games.  We may do a craft.  My daughter is in 2nd grade, so we will do her homework and read.  We do bath time, family supper time (we are one of those odd families that eat all together, we pick a few kids shows to watch, and then by 8:30 it’s bed time.

I admit, I get a little overwhelmed looking around at the household chores we neglected to do.  We may do a little bit to ease our minds, but majority will sit there until our free weekend day.  Thankfully we are not talking about an episode of Hoarders, just clothes, toys and all that good stuff.

Some people don’t do it this way.  Some people are able to clean up and stay home with the kids.  We choose to spend our time with our children first.  They have their chores.  They know what responsibilities are.  But, really, with only really 2-3 hours to spend with them each night, can the dishes wait?

We think they can.

You don’t have to agree.  You don’t have to like it.  But, when our babies are all grown up and moved away, we will have all the time in the world to tidy up each day.




3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. S A Shaw
    Oct 12, 2011 @ 15:14:41

    This is so true. And it’s wonderful that you realize this now and not when the baby is 18. You’ll never look back with regret.


  2. When the Kids Go To Bed
    Oct 14, 2011 @ 09:42:35

    I totally get it. I have a very hard time ignoring it all. My husband and I alter dishes and bathtime. While one gives the bath, the other straightens up the dinner mess. The rest of the tidying is done after they have gone to bed. Those few hours a night are precious. We got take advantage while they still think we’re awesome.


  3. Colline
    Oct 14, 2011 @ 17:49:09

    think the dishes can wait too! The children grow up so quickly – sounds cliched, but it is so true. They will value more the time spent with mommy and daddy than a spotless house.


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