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  • by clintp (2) on 2003.03.21 15:48 (#18170)
    I've foster parented, and I've got one of my own (he's 10 now). The feelings you have aren't unique at all.

    I deal with it by getting away. Once the kids are in school (or daycare, etc..) and out of your hands for a while that's a great help. *Enjoy* the time away from them. In really bad weeks, I'll leave my kid at latchkey for an extra few minutes after work and get the grocery shopping out of the way or something.

    That's great when you can leave them, but when you're trapped in the house with kids other solutions are necessary. Confining them to their room, or anywhere at the other end of the house is great. Close the door on them (not on you!). Letting them veg in front of a TV in a far away room for a few minutes is a nice break.

    Any feelings of guilt should be quashed realizing that kids need to learn to take care of themselves. Have your "with the kids time" and your "kids are learning to be independant little creatures" time.