My husband recently switched jobs, and he's now home every week evening. This is the first time in four years that he isn't working at least 3 evenings a week, in addition to his normal, 8-5 career. Of course, it has been wonderful to have him home like a normal hubby and daddy is home.
Ds (7) is being very demanding of Daddy's time, however. Instead of asking, "Daddy, would you play cars with me?", he is being bossy, "Daddy, let's go play cars. Come on, Daddy!" Just a few minutes ago, my husband started to walk into the kitchen while I washed dishes. Ds said, "No, Daddy! Don't go in the kitchen. Come play basketball!" I know ds isn't trying to be disrespectful; he's just so excited that Daddy is home so much. We're all excited. It's just that I feel like this is creating a habit that Daddy's time is going to be completely devoted to playing with kids from the moment he walks in the door until the minute they go to bed. The children are expecting this from him.
He's not the one complaining, though. It's me. I want time with my hubby too. I want us to have family time, but all the kids want is to play with Dad while I do whatever. Tonight, they played basketball while I cleaned the kitchen. Right now, dd is in the bathtub, I am on the computer, and dh and ds are playing cars.
I'm really not trying to complain about having a husband who adores playing with his children. I just don't want the newness of him being home every night to to turn into his getting worn out from working all day and playing all evening. And I want some (not all) of our evenings to be spent with us having family time as well as each of us feeling free to individually work on something enjoyable (ie. sewing, reading, etc.).
Any suggestions without making the children feel like we're trying to limit their Daddy time?