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Lives of Doctor Wives: Does Your Husband Explain or Warn Your Child When He is Going to be Busy for a While?

Monday, March 30, 2009

Does Your Husband Explain or Warn Your Child When He is Going to be Busy for a While?

Our oldest child is 4 1/2, and one of the things that we have found helpful for him is to have Daddy sit down with him before his schedule is really going to get hectic and explain to him that Daddy is going to be busy. It helps explaining why Daddy cannot play as much with him and his younger brother. He takes it much better and although he doesn't quite understand everything, it seems to help.

My question is: What do your husbands do when it comes to this (if they have done anything)? Some of you may have children who are still to young...so, if you cannot answer...maybe it will give you ideas for the near future. :)



Blogger Melisa said...

Hmm, that is probably a good idea. But Brad seems to be in a constantly hectic state so I think the kids have just come to accept it. It has been harder on them having him gone for months on end, but they talk on the phone a lot.

March 30, 2009 at 11:44 PM  
Blogger --Leann-- said...

my son is 4 1/2 as well. He's just beginning to grasp the crazy schedule that daddy has. He is ALWAYS asking B if he is going to work 'in the day, or in the night.'

If B happens to be home for bedtime, my son makes sure to tell him not to go working while he is asleep.

It breaks my heart, but I know there is nothing I can do about it.

We have had 4yr old heart-to-hearts about WHY daddy goes to work (to help sick people feel better), and that has seemed to help.

But it is still super hard to hear him ask where Daddy is all the time.

March 31, 2009 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Trisha said...

We're right there with ya Leann. Hayes is almost five and is always asking if Daddy has to go back to work. And then he gets upset when the answer is yes.

We just tell him that Daddy's going to help sick people and tell him when he is coming home so they can... (fill in the blank)... usually play wii or play hot wheels. That seems to pacify him and give him something to look forward to. It's tough.

March 31, 2009 at 11:43 PM  

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