|Out of gas|
Lately I've given up on the idea of getting my kids tired without getting myself twice as exhausted.
However, I'll relish victories where I find them. Yesterday I took my son on an urban hike around Portland, perhaps covering 5-6 miles. He was tired to the point that when we came home he collapsed on the rug and stayed there for a good 15 minutes, only to get up and move to the couch for further rest.
I felt I had done my job as a dad, giving him a good challenge. I suppose any smugness I might have felt was mitigated that after an hour my son jumped up and happily went to his martial arts class.
At least I slept well last night.