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Dad Gets Real About How Terrible Weekends Are For Parents

Parenting is hard work—but on the weekends, we are our own worst enemies.

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Every since my kids hit school age, I've been trying to make TGIM a thing. As in Thank God it's Monday. Why? Because on Mondays the kids go back to school.

Sure, I have to set my alarm for 6:00 am so I can drag the little ones out of bed against their will, pack their lunches, make their breakfasts, force them to brush their teeth, and get them dressed and out the door on time. But my last drop off is at 8:00 am and then I'm done with my kiddos until 3:00. And I'm not gonna lie—it's a nice little reprieve. Because once your kids are old enough to play sports, attend parties, and beg for trips to the mall, your weekends start to make the workweek feel like a vacation.

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Just ask London dad to 4 daughters, Simon Hooper, who says his weekends have got him so stressed he's developed an eye twitch so bad that women actually think he's winking at them.

This weekend was like trying to fit the weekly shop into a single carrier bag that had the structural integrity of a biscuit that had been dunked one too many times. Cram too much in and it breaks, spilling it's guts all over the pavement to onlookers to stare and mutter ' glad that wasnt me' while you silent sob into a snotty rag you found in your pocket that that kids took a particularly large blown into earlier. Well we got to that point today - Sport clubs, sleepovers, the zoo, walks in the park / never ending goes on the swings, trips to 5 different shops to find slime ingredients, slime making, loft sorting, cleaning, planning parties, cooking - the list goes on - usually I'm the most positive person in the room but when you add in 2 very over tired older girls & twins who are everywhere at all times, you end up with broken parents. I've now developed an eye twitch so bad that women think I'm coming on to them through winking. Parenting is hard work, but we are own worst enemies some times when we try to do too much. We should give ourselves a break sometimes and remind ourselves we're doing the best we can. Anyone else feel our pain? I'm so tired I could ......zzzzzzzz. #crammingtoomuchin #allformygirls #shitcarrierbagweekend #literallynotimetoeat #Fatherofdaughters #Dadlife #instadad #FOD

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"This weekend was like trying to fit the weekly shop into a single carrier bag that had the structural integrity of a biscuit that had been dunked one too many times," he wrote on Instagram. "Cram too much in and it breaks, spilling its guts all over the pavement to onlookers to stare and mutter 'glad that wasn't me' while you silent sob into a snotty rag you found in your pocket that that kids took a particularly large blown into earlier."

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So gross... but also so, so true!

"Sport clubs, sleepovers, the zoo, walks in the park/never ending goes on the swings, trips to 5 different shops to find slime ingredients, slime making, loft sorting, cleaning, planning parties, cooking—the list goes on," he continued. "Parenting is hard work, but we are own worst enemies some times when we try to do too much. We should give ourselves a break sometimes and remind ourselves we're doing the best we can. Anyone else feel our pain? I'm so tired I could ......zzzzzzzz."

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Me too, Hooper. Me. Too. Seriously, why do we do this to ourselves? Why the lingering guilt if we don't get everyone up and out and always doing something on Saturdays and Sundays? Is it because the sun is shining and we know there are lots of dark, winter days ahead? Perhaps. But the need for downtime is real—see: eye twitch—and there's something to be said for just hanging around the house in your sweats all day until the clock strikes 12 on Sunday and it's finally TGIM time again.

See... it should totally be a thing, right?

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram