For about a year or so, I’ve been a part-time stay-at-home parent. Each Tuesday and Thursday, I’m home alone with our recently-turned five year old.

And it seriously sucks.

He’s our most talkative, outgoing kid. Over the course of the ten or so hours I’m alone with him, he won’t go more than ten minutes without interacting with me in some way. He narrates every action, verbalizes every thought. Our other children did the same, but they’re rather introverted themselves. Eventually they would hole up somewhere around the house for their own solitude. Not our youngest, though.

And it seriously sucks.

As a moderate introvert, I love interacting with people… for awhile. Eventually I need silence. I need solitude. I need to shut the outside world out. If I don’t get that down time, I begin to lose my mind. I become anxious, agitated, and easily annoyed. I can’t concentrate (which is not cool for a writer.) I start questioning my decision to stay at home. I start fantasizing about escaping somehow.

And it seriously sucks.

Our society likes to champion the idea that parents should always be “on.” We should love every waking moment with our kids. If I had a nickel for every time someone told me to “cherish their youth”, I could afford to place him in preschool full-time.

Our older two are at the age where they can entertain themselves without parental interaction. Hell, the oldest is starting the ‘tween “I don’t want to be around my parents anymore” phase… and we love it.

Extrovert parents that feed off those interactions with their children pretty much run the parenting scene, which places undo expectations on us introvert parents. Quite frankly, I’m sick of it. I know there are other introvert parents out there that feel the same way. Perhaps its time we speak up. With summer vacation just around the corner, we need to hear that it’s okay to crave that solitude away from our kids.

Any other introverted parents out there? Leave a comment!




My new book is finally finished and available via Amazon! “Must Have Been Another Earthquake, Kids: A short, honest guide to full-time RV living with children” covers our three year adventure traveling the United States with our kids in tow. In the book, I cover a wide variety of topics (see table of contents below.) The goal is simple- we met A LOT of people that were considering, with various levels of seriousness, doing something similar to us.

They had a lot of questions.

Most revolved around sex.

Based on their perceptions, it was clear the research they had done gave them an overly-optimistic rosy view of the lifestyle. While there are a million positive aspects to these kind of adventures, there are also serious caveats. This book covers both in detail.

It is essential reading for anyone considering the RV lifestyle with kids, or may be kicking around the idea of any sort of microhousing.

The book is also available for Kindle.

Blogger friends- if you’re interested in writing a review, drop me a line via Facebook or email.

Table of Contents:

Our story
The Decision to Live in an RV
The Typical American Lifestyle
The Options
Making the Hard Decisions
This Idea Sounds Too Good to be True!
Just How Common Is This?
Prerequisites to Hitting the Road
Preparing Finances
Securing Multiple Income Streams
Setting a Date
Emotions of Leaving Friends and Family
Choosing the type of RV
Does brand matter?
Types of Campgrounds
Cost of Campgrounds
Camping Clubs
What do Campgrounds Offer?
How safe are campgrounds?
The Positives of the Full-time RV Lifestyle with Kids
The Negatives of the Full-time RV Lifestyle with Kids
The Rest of the Story
Frequently Asked Questions
How it Changed Us
Creating Your Own Adventure
Reading list


Being a Stay-At-Home Parent Sucks

August 22, 2013

Warning: Ninety percent of the stay-at-home-parents that read this will be publicly outraged. Seventy five percent of stay-at-home parents will secretly rejoice. Hanging out with your kids all day every day… it’s supposed to be great, right? Teaching them to play ball, video games, wrestling, ice cream, whatever. It’s supposed to be a Hallmark moment, […]

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New Adventures on the Horizon

June 20, 2013

Since Shelly and I stopped our travel and set up camp east of San Diego, our plans have been somewhat ambiguous. I got a job, we put the kids in school, and we started mma training. We didn’t really have a plan; we were going to more or less wing it. After our savings dwindled, […]

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Is Retirement Planning a Scam?

June 2, 2013

In yesterday’s post, I discussed a plan to balance making money with living a life of adventure. A reader asked about retirement planning- how does it fit in my plan? Over the last two years, Shelly and I spent a lot of time observing our fellow campground-inhabitants. Many were retired. The conversations we had more […]

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Balancing Adventure and Employment

June 1, 2013

Shelly and I get quite a few questions about our lifestyle. Specifically, how do we balance generating income with adventure? As I discussed in this article, we need money to survive. As much as I like to rant against rampant materialism, reality dictates we make at least some money. Even though poverty is an interesting […]

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Parenting Philosophy: It Doesn’t Really Matter

May 20, 2013

I like parenting philosophy debates. Why? It’s easy to get people riled up. We’re exceedingly defensive about our parenting strategies. Not surprisingly, we’re also militantly opinionated. All of us think we have the right answer to raising the perfect kid. Indeed, Shelly and I spend significant time at parks poking fun at other parents. Do […]

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Pros and Cons of RV Living with Kids

May 16, 2013

While researching solutions to cool our RV in the desert-like climate of eastern San Diego county, I came across many personal accounts of full-time RV living. A few were pretty accurate, but most seemed overly glorified. They were of the “our lives sucked, we moved into an RV, now our lives are spectacular” variety. This […]

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Cheap Cooling Methods for the RV

May 15, 2013

Since we decided to settle in the San Diego area, Shelly and I have confronted a few issues related to RV living. The most serious may be dealing with the heat. We’re residing in the East Country area about 30-40 minutes from the Ocean, which pretty much kills any cooling effect from the water. Daytime […]

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Financial Lessons for Hobos

May 3, 2013

When Shelly and I decided to quit our teaching jobs and hit the road back in the spring of 2011, we were seeking freedom and adventure. We had a rough game plan, but were mostly winging it. That included our finances. Almost two years has passed since we moved into our RV. We traveled around […]

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