Long hours during tax season with 6 year old.

Cindy - posted on 03/05/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am an accountant and we all know this is the time for long hours. I just got an email from my daughter's kindergarten teacher saying that my 6 year old seems to be so sad all the time. She has told her teacher that she misses me very much and that she knows what night I will not be working late. I work late 3 nights a week and on Saturday. I do make it home about 15 minutues before her bed time but she is not ready so we have to spend that time getting her ready for bed. I also get her up in the morning but again, it is spent getting her and her sister ready for school/daycare. I try and spend all my time with them when I am off (just look at my house and you can see that is the truth!) but I guess it is not enought. She is not acting up in school, but she has started saying she hates school and does not want to go where she use to love school! What can I do to make her realize that it is not a forever thing? I take lots of time off during the off season but at her age, I am sure that is a lifetime away or so it seems. Any help you can give me would be great.

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Alison - posted on 03/05/2010

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If she is 6, there is a lot you can explain. My husband has to go away for work, and I constantly remind my 3 1/2 year old that daddy is working so that we have money for food and clothes, our home and our car... We have also made a calendar to help her visualize what happens when.

Maybe you could plan something special at the end of tax season and do a countdown with your girls until that date.

I am sure you are tempted to feel guilty, but you should not. You are teaching your children about hard work and sacrifice. Life doesn't always happen the way you want.

Good luck!!!

Nicole - posted on 03/05/2010

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i would just explain to her. theres a certain time of the year where mommy has to be away a little bit longer. but i still come home and in a couple weeks ill be here all the time. maybe do something special during those 15 minutes?

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