Feeling weird without the kids

Filed under: Just For Moms

I really, really cherish the times when I have a chance to escape the house and get out on my own, even if it's only for an hour doing something like poking around our neighborhood thrift store or sipping a coffee at Starbucks. O, freedom! On my way out to my car I have to stifle the urge to leap into the air and click my heels.

It's not that I'm constantly dying to get away from the kids (usually), I just love the brief sense of being unfettered by the responsibilities of parenthood -- made all the sweeter by the fact that these moments are few and far between. It's all about MEEEEE, I sing in my head as I drive along in my cracker-crumb-laden ride with the two (TWO!) carseats in the back, blaring my music at adults-only levels. I'm footloose and fancy FREEEEEE!

The weird thing is, once I'm out in public I feel . . . I don't know, like I'm missing some critical part of my persona. I start feeling the strangest urge to go up to people with kids and tell them that I, too, am a parent. Not that I would ever do that, of course, because I might be a giant dork but I am not THAT socially inept (yet); I just have a real desire to somehow inform the world that I have these two boys and they are so awesome and, you know, they're not with me right now, but they exist! Really!

Do you ever feel that way? Like you vaguely wish you had one of those HI MY NAME IS stickers, and that it read: PARENT? I feel like parenthood is such an integral part of who I am, and yet when I'm out on my own I suppose I'm oddly paranoid that it isn't obvious.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.