A Few Minutes to Myself?

It must be that the boys aren’t used to seeing their mother lying down.

Somehow, though, the sight of me trying to relax is interpreted as an invitation to bombard me with kid attention.

Maybe I look all lonely with my magazine and look like I could use some company in the form of having my eye poked or a head-cracking cuddle. Maybe I look bored, like I’m wishing someone would come along and arrange an extensive collection of blocks on me. Maybe I look too serene, like I need an energy boost via being rolled on and bounced on like a horsey.


What I don’t get is how Hubs sitting at the table, drinking coffee and reading hockey blogs on the laptop counts as “busy” but what I’m doing isn’t. I think he got to them somehow. Sitting there, looking all contented and smug…

My mom tells me all that attention is due to the fact that they love their mom so much. That must be it. I’ll keep that in mind the next time my attempt at a ten-minute stretch on the couch is interrupted by a loving toddler butt in the face.

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Category: Babies and Toddlers, Family, Moms

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. I can relate to your post so much. I don’t know why, even if I say that I am busy, they all ask me thousands of questions. My husband could be sitting in the middle of the room and they will not even see him but they find me anywhere I am. I did a test the other day, I hide in my closet. Guess what, it did not take long that they came to me instead of my husband reading his newspaper. I told them that next time I need some ‘me’ time I will hide in the shed. And imagine mine are grown ups.

  2. Janet says:

    Ha ha! The image of hiding in the closet is hilarious. So… it doesn’t let up over the years, does it? 😉

  3. Victoria Ess says:

    Haha this is so true!

  4. Sarah Gale says:

    You’ve got it right! My four year old daughter does the same thing to me anytime I focus my attention on anything but her. I can just imagine how bad it will be when my 10 month old is doing the same and I have two little girls fighting for my attention when all I want to do is read the newspaper for 15 minutes and not have to answer rapid fire questions while doing so! I love being a mom but I miss silence:)

  5. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I loved the cartoon. I remember those days vividly, it does get better when they get older but then it’s ‘can you just run me to/here/there/anywhere’ and strangely enough it’s also said that we’re doing nothing anyway!

  6. kathy downey says:

    HaHa,that the way it is with kids,you ll miss it when their grown…even tho you may think you might not make it lol

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