A (’09) is a stereotypical “daddy’s girl.” She treats him as if he is her personal concierge. He is constantly waiting on her and, yes, he spoils her. She has his undivided attention nearly every time she demands it.
Two weeks ago Daddy came home from work and delivered devastating news. He would have to leave for a full week on a business trip. I know what you are thinking, so what? Big deal! It’s just a week! Let me stop you right there.
First, I want to explain the seriousness of what is about to happen. My darling sweet child has a monstrous alter ego. It may be caused by the only-child-spoiled-brat-syndrome but it is really because she is a 5 year old girl.
Don’t believe me? Spend a day with a 5 year old girl. One minute you’ll be tea-partying your heart out thinking “this is adorable” and you’ll say something like “OK, time for a bath and pajamas!” And before you know it you’ll be wondering, “where did that sweet little girl go and how did this angry, frothing, battling troll get in here?” Normally her dad and I tag team these situations. As soon as one parent is feeling fatigued in the battle we tap out for the other parent. Eventually the troll is conquered and our sweet little princess comes back to us. Everyone survives.
Now I have to face that troll–alone–for one whole week! To make matters worse, he will leave on her birthday! Princess A (’09) is already resisting. She has been giving Daddy the cold shoulder. She went to school and announced how Daddy was leaving her on her birthday! I feel an anxiety attack coming on just thinking about the fights over eating dinner, bedtime, and not wearing flip flops to school in January in Western New York. My cries for help amidst the tears over extra TV time, junk food for breakfast, and drawing on the walls with mommy’s lipstick will go unanswered. There will be no one to pass the torch to. I’m going solo. Wish me luck.
Tell us, how do you survive being a temporary single parent?