As I have the kids keeping me busy with my free time when I get home from work, I find that I had to give up any hope of playing my MMOs ( and Star Trek Online is free now!).

I find I spend more and more time on my smartphone, I jump through hoops in a zombie apocalypse, run my own restaurant, play Scrabble, Boggle and any other firm of board game that can be wait-for-your-turn-based.

It’s not the ideal situation as I would like but with the free time I have available this will do.

The kids spend more time on my computer than I do and I can only see their time increasing as they get older. I suspect that I will be relegated to the phone or probably a tablet. If only they have the processor power to let me play the good stuff, I don’t get Angry Birds and fear that is the future of social gaming.

Here I am. Yet again, over a year passes and I have done nothing here.

The baby is now 17 months old, my oldest is now 7 years old and I feel very tired, very, very tired. My days are consumed with working, watching the kids, giving my stay-at-home wife sanity time and sleep….pretty much in that order. It’s not easy, I give my wife a ton of credit, because I only have them for a short period of time and I am beat at the end of the day.

As an older dad, I find that my tolerance threshold is short and getting shorter every day. The oldest boy gets the brunt of my nastiness because as the eldest I expect more from him and I give him a hard time.

Yes, I feel guilty but I get over that quickly. In the past year my boy went from 1st grade to 2nd grade and his learning skills appear to have regressed, which requires his mom and me to be more diligent in making sure he completes his homework and assignments. Hmm…. Things were much easier when all I had to worry about was what the boy was playing.

The youngest is walking and starting to get the hang of running but speech still eludes him….and he is so different from the eldest. The first one was quiet, easy going and complacent….the total opposite of this one…

Again, patience is something that I have to work on every single day. I don’t like it, but I have to do it.

At the end of the day, it’s what’s best for them, not what I want.

    
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