Amanda - posted on 05/21/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )
My husband is a railroader and is away more than he is home. He is on call 24/7 and has limited days off. No set schedule and gets called out whenever. We have 2 boys ages 6 and 5. They are his world and vice versa..... Most days I just feel like "the mom". I am a stay at home, and for the most part love it, but at the same time, I have no life of my own, and am pretty bored most of the time. I try so hard to instill values, morals and establish boundaries and rules. The boys don't listen to me, they don't respect me, they don't help out, they fight constantly and drive me absolutely nuts! I just have such a hard time finding the right means of discipline for them. It is so different from day to day. When dad comes home the rules and schedules always have to change to benefit the time he is home. Bedtime routines and times change depending on when he is home. He lets them do things that I don't and then I am left to hear the "but dad lets us do it".....blah blah blah.....
Just lookin for other moms who deal with this as well. Maybe together we can come up with solutions and advice for each other.