Skids and No School
Just looking for some opinions from others. We have the skids next week and they don't have school for three out of the five days. In addition to that, they also don't have school this Friday, but it's their mom's week, so it doesn't affect me. I stay at home with DS1 and I'm really annoyed that they'll be here instead of school. I can manage with having to deal with lazy kids one full day in a school week, but three days without DH will drive me nuts.
I'm mostly disengaged and let DH deal with skid-related things, but I want the skids to get off their lazy butts and help me out in the house if they are going to be here. Stuff like raking leaves/picking up sticks, helping me watch the baby, and helping with some painting, along with doing some school work. When I told this to DH, his initial response was a whiny, "but it's their days off from school!" He came around to my point of view, but said that he thought I would be more annoyed if I actually asked the skids to do chores, homework, etc. instead of leaving them alone because he generally gets annoyed with them when he wants them to do things. I can see this too, so now I'm also questioning whether I should get the skids to do anything.
On a normal school day off, the skids wake up between 10am to 1pm, come to the kitchen and make their own breakfast, then come back an hour or two later and make lunch. They'll watch videos on their phones in the dining room until I kick them out and then they go to their rooms and yell at screens until DH comes home or they'll chat me up without helping in any way. One way it disrupts my day is because DS's play area is in full view of the dining room, so I have to snack him whenever the skids eat separately from him. DS ends up eating 4 or more snacks on top of his own breakfast and lunch. I'm usually annoyed by the end of the day, so I figured if I got them to help and be productive instead, I'd be less annoyed.