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How to explain working overtime to my son?
I am working a lot of overtime in my job. I am a rural mail carrier. My son is 4 1/2 and asked me why I worked so much. I told him that I work a lot "To help Mom pay for things. ". My wife took that as an insult. She said that I am modeling bad behavior to our son. To her it sounded like I was blaming her for working so much. How should I have answered my son?
The short answer is to try to be patient with your son’s question. He just want to understand why things happen. Tell him the truth, that every man has to support financial health of the family. I guess your wife's reaction is too rude. Talk to her too, maybe you really should spend more time with family, one hour in the evening is not so much. Play some games for kids together, for example.
You should establish a study routine. They have to understand that homework is a part of EVERYDAY life with no argues! Help without over-functioning. Only help if kids ask for it. Disorganization is a problem for many children(( Be strict regarding this!