Wow! Thanks for everyone’s comments on their busy schedules last week. A few folks in the office who aren’t parents mentioned that they noticed many of us don’t get enough sleep. I told them it was just part of parenthood.
I also observed that many of you are balancing letting the dog out with feeding time for the human members of your family. While I usually like to provide tips about family life and caregiving on this blog, this week I’m hoping that you can offer me some advice.
A few years ago, my good friend Anu came over for a visit and mentioned that she felt I wasn’t spending enough time with our dogs, Sydney and Blake. My immediate reaction was to agree and experience a surge of guilt. I explained that Ron and I tend to divide and conquer so I can maximize time with Adam when I’m not working. I do try to spend time with them on weekends.
Anu now has 2 kids under 5 years of age. During my recent visit to her place, she lamented that it’s been a struggle for her to give Yogi, her cute Chihuahua Dachshund mix, lots of attention. And it bums her out.
So instead of the usual generous helping of mommy-guilt, we’re both throwing on another thick layer of pet-guilt.
In a recent poll on our site, 83% of members responded that they considered their pets to be part of the family, like children. And this all makes sense – we dress them up, we take them everywhere we can (especially if they’re purse-sized), and then, suddenly, a new little one takes their place.
Do you experience pet-guilt, or have you mastered the art of tending to canine, feline, and human needs alike? Please post a comment, share your experience and any words of wisdom. Anu and I would both appreciate your thoughts!