Having family around is great! It’s wonderful! And in three to four days, when I’ve had enough of them, I’ll be the first to say so!
As a man who has been living away from parents and in-laws for the better part of three years, I can tell you that there are pros and cons to the arrangement, such as the following:
Pros: Stress-free living (mostly stress-free), sense of independence, ability to not visit someone’s place every other day
Cons: Stressful living (mostly from advice and back-seat driving), loss of purpose (feeling like someone’s minion), inability to raid someone else’s fridge for the groceries you actually want to purchase
Usually our daily activity consists of work, school, household stuff, outings and phone calls to / from family. When our family’s in town, we go out on dates (no, I’m not a horrible person, though I did just ask my wife and she told me that we don’t have enough “us” time), we eat healthy food and they buy us things.
When they’re not here, we get by. Life is great, but not as interesting when they’re involved in it.
Baby #3 arrives on Monday, and it’s going to be great to know that I can spend more time with my wife and our new child in the hospital while our children are getting the best treatment possible.
Anyone else have similar stories / experiences? Hit me back!