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Ask Amy: Overwhelmed mom wants to pack it in

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I never wanted to marry or have children.

When my husband proposed I knew it was right to say yes (no regrets). We ended up having a honeymoon baby ... and two others after that! Now they are 7, 5, and 3.

I LOVE the life I thought I didn't want. I'm a stay-at-home mom and I homeschool all three children.

My husband works two jobs. He leaves at 4:15 a.m. and doesn't come home until 9 p.m. I'm so thankful he is willing to work to provide everything we need – and even a little more.

We just moved. I found the new house alone, cleaned and painted alone, packed and unpacked alone, all while homeschooling, doing the music lessons, karate classes, and being extremely involved in our church.

All alone.


Lately, he's been very cranky, and I am giving him the benefit of the doubt.

He's exhausted. I treat him like a king.

The few hours on the weekends that he could do things, he only offers excuses.

I already feel self-conscious that we got married when I was young (21) and never got my degree, but recently two people (at our daughter's fifth birthday party) implied that he works, but I don’t!


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