On the eighth day of Christmas,
I gave a gift to me:
Eight friends assisting
Seven hours sleeping
Six forum comrades
Five "Thanks, but no thanks,"
Four helpful kids
Three best friends,
Two great big hugs,
And an evening out just for me.
Remember the old saying, "Many hands make light work?" Consider how joining forces with some friends for things like doing chores, cooking in large batches, and providing child care coverage for one another will make your job easier and, frankly, more fun.
In addition, keep in mind that your kids will benefit immensely from contact with other adults you trust, so make a point of maintaining those relationships as time goes by.
In fact, you may find that you appreciate your friends more and more as your kids get older. Not only can they empathize with you when your kids start to question everything you say, but sometimes your kids will finally "get" what you've been saying all along after hearing the same message from "Aunt Tara" or "Uncle Bobby."