Chris and I made the decision before Hannah was born that we would work opposite schedules so that we could keep Hannah home and avoid daycare. My mom was willing to fill in on the two days a week that our arrangement couldn't cover, and for 18 months it's been working pretty well.
Except that it's hard.
Chris and I hardly ever see each other,
and the three of us only get a few hours a week together as a family.
Entire days together are a rarity.
Reminders to 'put the diapers in the dryer' or 'can you pick up batteries for the smoke detector' are left on scraps of paper taped to the door, text messages sent before work, quick phone calls home on breaks.
quick. short. to the point communication.
I try not to leave imposing lists, as it's his weekend to relax too.
But there is a household to run, and we're all juggling a lot of ToDos.
Sometimes I feel like a nag.
On one hand,
without these reminders diapers sour in the washer,
mail doesn't reach the post office,
and batteries are forgotten.
On the other,
even when it's proceeded with a please,
and followed with a thank you,
I still feel like I'm barking out an order.
So I turn to you -
especially those households with two working parents,
and too many tasks to do,
What is your definition of 'nagging'
and how do you avoid doing it?