Part-Time Mother

Grant and I have worked out an arrangement for Tyler where he spends about half the week with Grant and half the week with me. This seems to be working out for all three of us.

It is an odd feeling being a part-time mother. On the one hand Jacques and I enjoy our time alone; exploring my new city, watching grown-up programs on television, and eating grown-up dinners that Jacques cooks for me. (How lucky am I?) On the other hand when Tyler is with me, it is twice as hard, not having a partner. Grant and I used to have a routine, for example, where I would get Tyler ready for school or camp and then he would wait for the bus with him or drive him to camp. Now it’s all me.

I feel guilty saying this, but sometimes I am glad when it is Grant’s turn to take Tyler. I am just exhausted.

I never pictured myself as a part-time parent, separated/divorced from my husband. I guess no one does.

Am I classified as a Single Mom or just a part-time mother as Grant is still involved?

Are you doing the part-time parent thing? Do you find it as difficult and strange as I do?

Tyler with our new kitten, Max.

Tyler with our new kitten, Max.

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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.

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