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Old 05-27-2011, 12:16 PM   #1
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My dad forgot what it's like to have kids

I am at the end of my rope and need to vent. This has been 3 years in the making.

My dad forgets we have kids and forgets that kids do not come with an "off" switch and cannot be put in a kennel like our pets can so that we can drop everything to go do what he wants.

It started when my dd1 was a newborn. We lived near him and he came to my house several times while my husband was working wanting to go somewhere and got upset when I couldn't go because the carseat was in my husband's car. Even temporarily lost his mind and suggested that we could drive to my husband's work to get the carseat.

Then a year later, my brother was getting married in California and our car had broken down so we weren't going to be able to go. He suggested that he could pick me up on his way there and we could just do a father/daughter thing. I reminded him that I had a child and since the car was broken, my husband had already committed to working, and he suggested that we could drop her off in Utah with his niece for a week...

We have 2 little girls now. We are going up to Montana this weekend to look at rentals (planning this for months) because my husband got a job offer and he emailed me this gem:


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If you come to Billings, you are welcome to stay here at my condo. I will not be here. I'm going to Lake Powell for the Memorial Day Holiday with
[names removed] but you are welcome to stay here in my room just off the bathroom. There is a small bed where you can sleep. JD (my husband) can sleep downstairs on the couch if there isn't enough room. I don't have much bedding, so you might need to borrow some from your Mom. Towels in the bathroom closet. [name removed] my roommate knows that you may be coming. He has to work so please make sure you are in by 9 and don't make any noise until 7:30. Please make sure your kids stay in my room and are always under supervision while you are here, I don't want children wrecking my home. Please pick up after them if they have any accidents. I love you...hope you get the job!
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So to summarize:

*you're welcome to stay
*I'm not going to be there but my roommate that you've never met will
*you can figure out how to squish into my tiny bed or your husband can sleep on the couch
*oh by the way, here's your curfew
*you can only be in my room and nowhere else in the house (except your husband can sleep on the couch at night)
*I think children are animals that will poop and pee all over the house and dig up the carpet

.........................

Not even sure how to glorify this with a response We weren't planning to stay there anyway because of said roommate that we've never met and because his house is full of breakables and cacti and other plants
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:48 PM   #2
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Wow, yep your dad has totally forgotten what it's like to have young children. Not much advice, but I'm sure he doesn't mean to be rude.
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Old 05-27-2011, 01:58 PM   #3
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I've had friends like this. People that don't have little kids sometimes just don't get it. I would kindly decline and just never leave your children alone with people like this.
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Sorry mama, but good luck. My bro and SIL live near Billings in Livingston and love it there. It is a beautiful place.
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Re: My dad forgot what it's like to have kids

MY DAD IS THE SAME WAY! The weird thing is that he loves children and babies and spends as much time with them as possible, but he doesn't get the 24-hour responsibility aspect of it. And he also doesn't get pregnancy at all. He seriously cannot wrap his head around the fact that bodies change during pregnancy. I'm sorry I'm hijacking your thread, but this was a conversation I'd had with my father during my last pregnancy. (For backstory, he's a professional conspiracy theorist. Yes, that's a thing.):

Dad: Hey sweetie! Do you want to go to Dallas with me for the JFK convention? It's this weekend!

Me: Oh, thanks for the offer Dad, but I'm like, 32 weeks pregnant and can't really travel that far.

Dad: There are lots of hospitals along the way if you go into labor or something.

Me: No, it's not that. I just can't really sit in your van from New Orleans to Dallas when I'm this pregnant.

Dad: I'll put a mattress in the back of the van. You can lie down the whole time.

Me: ...um... no, that's okay. Besides, I'd have to use the bathroom several times along the way, and it's not like this would be a very pleasant journey.

Dad: I'll put a portable potty next to the mattress.

Me: Have fun at your convention, Dad!
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MY DAD IS THE SAME WAY! The weird thing is that he loves children and babies and spends as much time with them as possible, but he doesn't get the 24-hour responsibility aspect of it. And he also doesn't get pregnancy at all. He seriously cannot wrap his head around the fact that bodies change during pregnancy. I'm sorry I'm hijacking your thread, but this was a conversation I'd had with my father during my last pregnancy. (For backstory, he's a professional conspiracy theorist. Yes, that's a thing.):

Dad: Hey sweetie! Do you want to go to Dallas with me for the JFK convention? It's this weekend!

Me: Oh, thanks for the offer Dad, but I'm like, 32 weeks pregnant and can't really travel that far.

Dad: There are lots of hospitals along the way if you go into labor or something.

Me: No, it's not that. I just can't really sit in your van from New Orleans to Dallas when I'm this pregnant.

Dad: I'll put a mattress in the back of the van. You can lie down the whole time.

Me: ...um... no, that's okay. Besides, I'd have to use the bathroom several times along the way, and it's not like this would be a very pleasant journey.

Dad: I'll put a portable potty next to the mattress.

Me: Have fun at your convention, Dad!
Lol!!!
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MY DAD IS THE SAME WAY! The weird thing is that he loves children and babies and spends as much time with them as possible, but he doesn't get the 24-hour responsibility aspect of it. And he also doesn't get pregnancy at all. He seriously cannot wrap his head around the fact that bodies change during pregnancy. I'm sorry I'm hijacking your thread, but this was a conversation I'd had with my father during my last pregnancy. (For backstory, he's a professional conspiracy theorist. Yes, that's a thing.):

Dad: Hey sweetie! Do you want to go to Dallas with me for the JFK convention? It's this weekend!

Me: Oh, thanks for the offer Dad, but I'm like, 32 weeks pregnant and can't really travel that far.

Dad: There are lots of hospitals along the way if you go into labor or something.

Me: No, it's not that. I just can't really sit in your van from New Orleans to Dallas when I'm this pregnant.

Dad: I'll put a mattress in the back of the van. You can lie down the whole time.

Me: ...um... no, that's okay. Besides, I'd have to use the bathroom several times along the way, and it's not like this would be a very pleasant journey.

Dad: I'll put a portable potty next to the mattress.

Me: Have fun at your convention, Dad!
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Maybe he was this way with you when you were little too, seeing he;s no longer with your Mom it may have drove her batty too.
So sorry he doesn't get it mama. My Dad couldn't figure out why I even wanted kids Like they are some disease or something, but then he hardly ever saw them.
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MY DAD IS THE SAME WAY! The weird thing is that he loves children and babies and spends as much time with them as possible, but he doesn't get the 24-hour responsibility aspect of it. And he also doesn't get pregnancy at all. He seriously cannot wrap his head around the fact that bodies change during pregnancy. I'm sorry I'm hijacking your thread, but this was a conversation I'd had with my father during my last pregnancy. (For backstory, he's a professional conspiracy theorist. Yes, that's a thing.):

Dad: Hey sweetie! Do you want to go to Dallas with me for the JFK convention? It's this weekend!

Me: Oh, thanks for the offer Dad, but I'm like, 32 weeks pregnant and can't really travel that far.

Dad: There are lots of hospitals along the way if you go into labor or something.

Me: No, it's not that. I just can't really sit in your van from New Orleans to Dallas when I'm this pregnant.

Dad: I'll put a mattress in the back of the van. You can lie down the whole time.

Me: ...um... no, that's okay. Besides, I'd have to use the bathroom several times along the way, and it's not like this would be a very pleasant journey.

Dad: I'll put a portable potty next to the mattress.

Me: Have fun at your convention, Dad!
LOL yah, my dad doesn't get pregnancy either. I got the line about there being several hospitals on the way (and a doctor next door to him) if I went into labor while I visited. He even suggested we put lots of pillows in the back of our SUV so I could lie down the whole way...he was trying to get me and hubby to come visit him while I was 41 weeks pregnant I went into labour that night and you can just guess what the first thing out of his mouth was..."I guess that means you can come visit this weekend after all! You can bring the baby."

The dumb thing is he's great and understanding towards everyone else's kids...yet mine behave much better
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How about:

Thanks for the generous offer dad. Don't worry about the dh and the kids. Dh is used to the couch and we bring our own crate whenever we travel with the children.

That's funny. I sometimes think so forgot what it's like to have kids.
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