I think that it's just natural that parents (especially moms) feel guilty about not spending enough time with their kids. I'm a SAHM and I'm with them constantly when they aren't in school, yet I can even manage to feel like I'm not with them enough, especially when they are spending time with gramma and grampa instead of me. The most important thing is that when you are together, you spend "quality" time together. They will always remember that their mom gave them lots of hugs and kisses, played board games, watched movies with popcorn in the dark, "camped out" in tents made out of blankets.......they'll remember the good stuff and won't even realize that you worked. Just do the best that you can. Another thing, obviously you need to cook and stuff, but save the cleaning for when the kids are in bed. That way it doesn't interfere with your time with them. They grow up so fast, you can have a clean house in 10 years.
at 6:24 PM on Mar. 24, 2009