Sunday, July 13, 2008

Dad tip #85: Take the grandparents up on their offer to watch your kid

My parents are in town visiting and they've already helped us out with babysitting duties while we've: attended a wedding, built a retaining wall, mowed the lawn, gotten iced coffees, cooked, and done a number of other small things. They offered again tonight to babysit so we could go out and have dinner if we wanted.

While we turned them down tonight, we do plan on taking them up on the offer soon to catch dinner and a movie (hopefully Indiana Jones and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is still playing somewhere!). You see, we don't have any family in the immediate area, so when we do have someone visiting, we have to take advantage of it.

It's not that we don't want to spend time with my parents or that we can't deal with our own child; I just think it's probably healthy for us to get out alone once every blue moon. Keeping your sanity probably makes you a better parent. Plus, it gives the grandparents some time to bond with their grandchild. So really, it's a win-win-win scenario.

(And feel free to add an extra "win" in there if Indy is still in theaters!)

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