Twins. That's double what I had to raise, so bless you for that alone. And no, wanting time alone isn't at all a bad thing, especially if you want to ask them to step aside while you do it. I won't go into the why, I'll just link a few sites below that talks about something else: stress. You wanting to read a book, and do it without their clinging (not used negatively here) is not a bad thing. In fact, it may be your body and mind telling you that you need some alone time. And that is okay. Let me tell you what my wife does (she is a special education teacher):
Being with, having to make decisions for, and getting fussed or yelled at by kids all day, the last thing my wife wants to deal with when she gets home is more kids. Mine included. So we have a method that helps her get some alone time to reboot each day. When she gets home (I am almost always here before her), she comes inside with the kids, who ride with her to and from school, tells me hello, tells me anything that may be important with grades, homework, or if a test is the next day, and she walks into the bedroom and closes the door. In there she will stay for at least 30 minutes.
Why? To reboot. She's stressed out, her day is over, and she needs to get her head right. I don't know what she does in that 30 minutes because I leave her alone. After 45 minutes, which doesn't happen often, I'll go in after her, but that is rare. The kids understand that it's 'mommy time' and we cannot bother her. For any reason. So we don't. But I take over the parenting, and 9/10 times we gather the pups up and walk them for about 20 minutes to let them get out of the house and stretch their legs. There are even days where I boot up Mario Kart 8 and we do that until she reboots.
Why does she need to have time alone? Well, I can go into many reasons, but stress is the key factor here. You are stressed. And your mind and body are telling you. With your wife being home all day, it's likely she'll get her 30 minutes first, get a break from the kiddos, which means you have to step in and parent while she debunks some stress away from the kids. The kids will be focused on you, then when she's back, you can take a break from them long enough to debunk the stress of your workday. Is 30 minutes enough? Too long? Who knows. But you definitely need to put aside some time you two can get some mind-right reboots and bring the kids in to understand you need it and even reward them sometimes when they give it to you.
Sometimes on Friday, especially if the bread is getting old, we grab the loaf of bread and head over to the duck pond a few miles away. The kids get out and throw bread while we watch and assist and it lets them interact with the animals. Sometimes other friends and families are out there and the kids will join in with other kids and socialize, and we have a few regulars out there that we know by first name, but outside of that interaction we don't know them. I do that to reward them for giving us some free time. There are other times where I bring them an Icee or a pint of ice cream to share and use the alone time as a reason to reward them, even if I am only doing it for naught. I love my kiddos, they know and understand that, and their health, mentally and physically is important to me. I also tell them that sometimes they just need a break from us. They are on board and do not disturb my wife when she closes that door.
It works for us. It does a lot of good for my wife. And the kids understand it and learn that sometimes taking a break from it all is what you need to detox the days stresses from your life.
You may not be able to do it the way I do, but you definitely need some alone time, wife included, and science definitely backs that claim. I couldn't find any specifics on the science, but I found a few links you may want to view for a quick read. Good luck, and bless you for that amazing and rewarding set of twins you have there.
Psychology Today 1 |
Pshycology Today 2 |
Dagburn I typed a lot. So sorry about that. Anywho, as long as you aren't ignoring your kids, you shouldn't be too worried. They will understand that alone time is great, for everyone, themselves included. Here is one more link where solitude is discussed in further detail and quite a few sources in that article.