May 24, 2012

I’m Not Watching Her Kid!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 1:57 pm by Kathleen

Michael has been chatting with a nice young lady (she’s a year younger than me, so I think I can officially call her that) on a dating site, and the time has come… They’re going to meet! It has, you may have noticed, been a LONG time since either of us has dated any, so this was a sort of big deal and I am getting emotionally used to the idea, again, of sharing him. Their first meeting is to be a get-to-know you while our kid (4) and hers (5) play together, no hanky-panky.

And suddenly it occurs to me what a convenient solution that might be for them – let Kathleen watch the kids, after all, they play great together! And we’ll go have a romantic dinner. My first, intense, knee-jerk, nut kicking reaction is “OMG NO!” And this before the idea has even been conceived of by anyone but me. Pretty intense, but upon further inspection, not unreasonable. (And before I get too much farther into this post I just want to say, I’m not saying I’d never watch her kid, but it would have to be after I had gotten to know and like HER, and after she and her child were an established and steady part of our lives.)

The thing is, when Michael and Becky were dating, I was a facilitator. My needs became secondary as I smoothed the road and made sure that all obstacles to their togetherness were removed where possible, despite the fact that this was neither my responsibility nor my role (or should not have been). Becky, who claimed all the “poly experience” should have known better and asked me to back off, but that is neither here nor there. The fact is, babysitting a kid I barely know so that my husband can go have a romantic evening with a woman I barely know… It’s wonderfully convenient for them, but unless she’s paying me $10 an hour, it’s definitely putting my needs and wants below the establishment and growth of their relationship.

Logically, we have kids the same age and if I’m watching one kid, why not two? But emotions are a very different matter, as are perceptions (I don’t exactly want my husband’s new girlfriend to see me as the nanny or the pushover or the person to use for her convenience!) And for that reason, unless she becomes a serious partner of Michael’s and unless she and I (and her KID and I! And her kid and MY kid!) get along, she’s just going to have to call a sitter.

Heck, logically we should all just live with our parents for the rest of our lives and save the money on rent, but sometimes you just have to think of yourself. :)

Blessings,

Kathleen

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4 Comments »

  1. househo said,

    Yeah.. no way would I be doing that either. A whole lotta weirdness gets attached to that. Sadly, there are people out there that don’t mind things like this. It can get really messy, fast.

  2. Fruit Taster said,

    That sounds absolutely right to me. There is no sense in creating a tie between your lives at this point. The simpler the better, and the simpler is for everyone to make their own arrangements so the only point of intersection is the date itself. I hope it goes well for everyone!

  3. Miss L said,

    This sounds reasonable. It is a nice gesture, it being their first time mering but certainly in no way means you should be expected to do it. I love seeing poly people who are able to address and understand their own needs as well as their partners…it’s easy to get lost in the mix.

  4. Kathleen said,

    To be perfectly clear and fair, neither of them has asked me for this (yet?) and my husband agreed that my position was reasonable as soon as I brought it up. But the mere idea really got me thinking…


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