Usually it happens shortly after the 1st child is born. You wake up one morning and realize that YOU are a PARENT. No longer can you run off for kidless vacations to Cancun. No longer are your "long" weekends relaxing. You are a PARENT. But then there are some that just dont seem to grasp this. Even after their second, third or more child arrives. And when your immediate family. Your parents, sister, brother. And your extended family ie aunts uncles. And your CLOSE friends. The ones you often have your kids hang out with their kids. Stop answering your phone calls and emails when you "NEED" someone to watch your children OVER NIGHT. When even your family is suddenly busy. Or is suddenly picking up more hours on the weekend. Despite the fact they too have kids. They are trying to make you realize that YOU NEED TO GROW UP! case in point. Email received from a mom that we dont see for YEARS at a time. Seriously. We havent seen these guys for over a YEAR! And last time they were here the boys were MONSTERS __________________________________________ I realize you have an event up in NH on May BLAHth. However, I was wondering if you guys would even remotely be up for / willing to take our boys from sometime after 6-7pm (or earlier or later, but we have coverage up till 5pm and it's about a 2 hour drive) on Saturday, until around 2-3pm on Sunday. My Dad is willing to watch them for part of the weekend - from Friday afternoon until Saturday around 5pm - but we haven't yet found someone to take them for the remainder of the weekend. My sister and brother are working, one of my sisters is not returning my calls, my cousin is busy, etc. etc. Our sitter is also graduating on Sunday, so we don't even have that option! As I said, my dad will take them till around 5pm or so, and he's in H", MA, so if we didn't pick them up til 5pm, it wold be 7pm-ish at the earliest that we would be able to drop them off. I'm still seeing if my sister can take them (and thus not have us shuttling them around), but in the chance she fails to get back to me, would you be willing/able to take them? Thanks again, and sorry for imposing! ____________________________________________________ Yeah. I am going to be up at 6am and going ALL DAY. Then getting home and taking care of my animals and house. I am taking my kid with me. BTW.. the thing they are going to? It's a game. Where mom and dad dress up like "elves" and run around in the woods throwing little seed filled fabric packets at other people in costume while yelling "spells" It is NOT a work related thing. It is NOT life or death. My dh played until our daughter was a year old. Then decided spending time with her and I was more fun. Also. I do not have a place for these kids to sleep. We do not have another bed. We do not have carpeted floors. We do have a dog that has run of the house, that I am not about to lock up overnight. These kids do not know my dh or I. They have been here in our home once. Keep em overnight? Is this chick on crack? Why are these "parents" not getting the GIANT hints that their family is sending? Their family doenst want to do this anymore. It's obvious. She emailed me last month that the entire FAMILY suddenly was unavailable. Really? Shocking! My mom would have sat me down by this time and given me the what for. If I had been like this. Which I was not. I sold my "toys" when I had my daughter. My events/hobbies are things I can take my kid to. My mom willingly takes my daughter. She is al;ready making summer plans! Luckily. I have plans for that morning. When we get back we are meeting my MIL for her birthday And the next day we are taking our dd to my work. I want so SO badly to respond with "No. sorry. Maybe your family is trying to tell you something."