During the daytime, my kids essentially have nothing to do with me. They can cook for themselves, do their own laundry and pretty much are here on their own.
Now, I always ask what I could make for them to eat, ask if they want to swim or play tennis…. always asking if they want to…. Sometimes they give me an audible reply, other times its under their breath or a glare… so, to each their own.
However, all that “mmm hmmm,” or “ughhh” are gone from their vernaculars somewhere between 11 pm and 5 am, and what I usually hear is…
Ma, can you get me water
Ma, I need Tylenol
Ma, my head hurts….
Ma, I can’t sleep
Ma, I had a bad dream
Now, I still have a spouse- often within 2 feet of me and he doesn’t seem to annoy the eff out of them as much as I, but still…. its “ma, ma, ma!”
So I was thinking, maybe we should congregate as a family during the night hours only- where at least I know they’ll want me for something.