Police Officers and Parenthood

MiniM and DaddyMI am a Police Officer.

Sometimes, when I am on holiday, I tell people I work for the Council – it stops all those embarrassing questions and conversations:-

“I got stopped for speeding last week. How do I get off the ticket”

“Do you get Commission for all the tickets you dish out?”

But today, I will admit, I am a Police Officer. And I work shifts. I don’t have a nice comfortable 9-5 office job.

And being a Police Officer raises a different set of problems for being a parent.

Take this week for example.

On Monday, I worked a 4pm – Midnight. I finished a little late and got home about 1am. After a quiet cup of tea, I got into bed and slept until 7am. I wanted to be able to take MiniM to school, because I needed to speak to one of the other parents.

Tuesday I was supposed to work a 4pm – midnight again. So, I didn’t see MiniM after school. I was late off, not finishing until 2 am. I got home at 3am, and got into bed about 3.30am.

Wednesday (today I think), there was no way I could get out of bed to take MiniM to school, so I had a guilty lie in. I am due to work a 4pm – Midnight again tonight. I won’t see MiniM until tomorrow morning, unless I get off late again.

I speak to MiniM by telephone, and because this is her ‘Norm’ she copes ok with not seeing me every day. I make a point of speaking to her every day, so that when we do meet up, we are not playing catch-up with each others news.MiniM and Aupairs

Time together is precious for us. I can go for days without seeing MiniM. I don’t like that, but it is a by-product of the job I do.

If you work permanent days and get to see your little people every day, you are very lucky. Cherish those times, and spare a thought for those parents who work shifts, or who work away and don’t get daily contact with their children.

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4 Responses to Police Officers and Parenthood

  1. Avrina says:

    I am so proud of our little girl and her ability to cope. One thing I know for sure is that she is surrounded by love and knows it.

  2. monty says:

    And to me, that is the most important thing, Children need to know they are loved and need to feel secure. They will adapt to their circumstances as long as there is love, stability and boundaries.

  3. Love this post. She is a very lucky girl to have such a wonderful Daddy. Thanks for sharing.

  4. monty says:

    Thanks Sally

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