There are a lot of downsides to having Garry in training in Quantico, but the one that I struggled with this week was being the sole focus of my kids' neediness. "Mama! Mama!" is pretty much all I hear all day long. Oh, it was so much better when those "Mamas!" were sometimes replaced with "Dadas!"
Finally I reached my "Mama! Mama!" limit and told the girls that for the rest of the day I was to be called Charlie.
They thought that it was pretty funny, and it worked! My nerves recovered enough to be "Mama! Mama!" again by the end of the day.
It took awhile to learn to respond to "Charlie!". I'd hear the girls talking about Charlie this and Charlie that and would just think that they were acting out Charlie and Lola.