Waugh goes on to say that he can take a quiet lunch hour in his office with the door closed at lunch if he needs some alone time, but his homeschooling wife and mom of four cannot do that. She has to be ON all day, and very, very NOT alone. He realized in that moment that if she gets up at 5 a.m. JUST to be alone, that he needed to help that be possible for her to fuel up for her day emotionally and spiritually, no matter what.
He then encourages other dads to oblige their wives’ need for alone time whenever possible:
It’s the little things that our wives need and desire. Thinking about going the extra mile to put in or fold a load of laundry, or two… think twice before hitting that ice dispenser at night when the kids are asleep. Think thrice before stirring the condiments into the coffee like a madman at 5:30 a.m. Don’t wake the kids!
Thanks Shawn, for “getting it” that your wife needs her alone time, and for encouraging your fellow dads to do the same.
Because DUDE. Moms need those few minutes of alone time to prepare our hearts, minds, and bodies to serve our kids every day, and that is just a FACT. A little can go a really long way.