Friday 5: 5 Signs That Hubby Has Been Taking Care Of The Kids!

FRIDAY 5 | | October 2, 2009 at 7:39 pm

As part of the Mommy Niri’s Friday 5 Series I delve into something a little too fresh in my memory and too stale in my home, some clear indications that mommy has been away. With all the conferences (BlogHer and Type A Mom and the upcoming Blogalicious where I am speaking) and other events hubby has had to hold down the fort on more than one occasion.

The sink is full of dishes.

Ok, I get that does not sound like a big issue to you, but this is with the dishwasher full of clean dishes ( I am sure you read my post on 5 household chores I hate). Ahh, for once to see a clean sink and don’t let me get started on the counters and stove.

The kids are in (highly) mismatched clothing.

I know, I know I should be happy they are clothed (as hubby dearest is sure to remind me), but seriously pattern and pattern do not go. I will forgive him on the pigtail arena but the clothing he does not get off so easily.

The walls have scribbles on it.

How is it he never noticed it happening? I guess the same way he walks pass the pile of laundry on the way to the bathroom. Anyway the rules (or lack thereof) always seem to be ┬árelaxed when mama is away. I am normally “bad cop” during discipling anyway.

The kids have been feasting on junk food.

Ok so hubby makes claims of being a fab cook and yes I have glimpses of it on (the rare) occasion but the thought of taking care of the kids and cooking seems pretty foreign to him. Yes an odd pasta dish does escape through but these are a rarity. I do admit to pitying the kiddo’s palettes at the end of my absence though. Ice cream for breakfast anyone?

Laundry has invaded the home.

I suck at getting through the laundry (well just the folding bit) but the one thing I do manage is that I (at least) always make sure is that the clean and dirty laundry stay, well, separate. Somehow the distinction gets a little muddled with hubby in command.

Ok, I will give him that he NEVER complains (ever) and swears the kids are (allegedly) fed, but am I greedy to want more? Well in a week I will be heading off to Atlanta to speak at the Blogalicious conference so I write this in hope of some reform. What do you think? Will I come home to (and a reminder I return on my, and also his, birthday)? Will all be clean as a wonderful birthday surprise or will I need to pay the piper for this post?


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    Katy says:

    The dishes in the sink thing is number one on my list too! I came home after only 1 day and 1 night of being going to dishes piled up in the sink, on the counter, on the island, pizza pans left on the stove top, you name it. My husband’s reply when I asked was “I don’t do dishes.” Really? I no joke I think I could see that with my own two eyes. And this is a man I’ve been married to almost a decade now! all of a sudden when left home alone with the kids he “forgets” how to do dishes? oh well. If that’s the worse I have to deal with then I have very little to complain about!

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    Carla says:

    Here’s what just gets me. Hello we have a dishwasher, is it too much to just open it and insert items. I think most wives have issues with their spouses on this. I’ve come home and said “thanks for leaving the dirty dishes in the sink”, to where I get “dishwasher was cleaned”….Um ok, well empty it!!!

    Nothing worse than trying to get dinner ready and loads of dirty dishes in the sink.

    Ladies another thing that I have to say if this gets posted. I’ve come to the conclusion if my husband doesn’t put clothes in the laundry basket ie: sock, were our issue, then they don’t get washed. He would always throw them on the floor of our bedroom 2 inches away from the laundry basket, when they didn’t make it in, they didn’t get washed. Until one day hubby was looking for clean socks to where I simply stated I did all the laundry but didn’t see any of your socks, did they make it to the laundry basket? I got a blank stare. He now knows.

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    Jessica says:

    I get so annoyed that my husband’s dishes just end up sitting where he used them or piled in the sink (when the dishwasher is empty waiting for them). Is it really that difficult to put away your dirty dishes? I hate going behind him to clean up, even my toddler can carry his plates to the dishwasher!

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    Ditto ditto and ditto. My kid is way better at putting his dishes away. Hubby leaves them on his desk for the cats or if I’m lucky they make it in the sink. I made that my kid’s chore: if there are dishes in the sink after a meal, you have to put them in the dishwasher. Been much more pleasant!

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    Meghan says:

    I’m such a man. I’M the one who always leaves the sink full of dishes. *tsk tsk* Shame on me. Oh, but for a husband who doesn’t complain. I might trade in an AWFUL lot of other good points for that one. You’re a lucky woman, MommyNiri.

    Let us know what happens!

    And Happy Birthday to you both!

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    Katie says:

    OMG seriously — what is it with men?! My husband is the same way as all of your hubbies and it makes me nuts. He will put his clothes right next to the hamper instead of in it. I swear one of these days I am only gonna wash the clothes that make into the hamper and then he will have NO clean clothes that week! LOL :)

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