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Monday, February 22, 2016

Just Ask Joyce — Mom's Ready for Bed!

By Joyce Oglesby

Q: “I look forward to 8pm. It’s when I begin corralling my kids to bed. We both work, and I feel guilty only having two hours of time, one of which is having dinner and getting baths. Next is homework. The night usually winds down by 9 despite my efforts. My problem? Guilt. I feel guilty for wanting them to go to bed. Should I?”

Joyce: Don’t confuse guilt with longing. All too soon you will not have the privilege of scurrying to get life in order for the next day or tucking them into bed. As a seasoned mom, it happens before you’re ready.

Applaud yourself. It is a mark of a wise mom who ensures her children get enough rest for a challenging day at school. Relax the schedule during the summer months, but the school season demands a tighter schedule. Patiently and gently explain the reasons behind your decision. Chaos begets bedlam. Life is too short for any of us to forget how to live it.

Need family advice? Write Joyce Oglesby, Family-Life FIX-IT Pro, at


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