I’m a third shift CNA at a LTC facility. I have 2 boys ages 9 & 11 and I’m married to a trucker. My trucker is only home on the weekends and I am really struggling. I take my kids to my in-laws at 9pm and when I’m done with my shift I pick up my oldest and take him to school, then I get to go home and sleep. Most times I get home by 7:30 and eventually fall asleep by 9. I sleep til about 1:30 or 2 then it’s time to get up and get the kids. We come home, I make sure they do homework, I make dinner and then we chill out for a while. I try to nap from 7:30-8:30 and then it’s back to the in-law’s house to start all over. My husband comes home and gets angry because the house isn’t spotless and I’m always tired. When he’s home and I have to work that weekend, I’m lucky to sleep til noon because he wakes me yelling at the kids. The boys are from my first marriage and they go to his house every other weekend. I’m really struggling as to how to keep my life balanced so I can clean. I’m tired all the time. One week I work 6 days and the next 4. When hu by is home we always have things to do so I can’t clean then. He wants me to go to the dr because I’m tired, have backaches and headaches a lot but if I got more sleep I think it wouldn’t be as bad. Any suggestions on how to balance things? My kids are very naughty and that’s a whole different story in itself but I try to keep them in line as best as I can. I just don’t know what else to do.
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