Because I work at home, I'm used to always being there when I'm needed or wanted, and for all the important, and not so important things. When I miss one, or when I have to go do something else, I feel terribly guilty and it just doesn't go away! Please notice that I feel it, not that she ever mentions it. In fact, she has sometimes preferred her time with grandma and grandpa, that's important bonding time too!
Dr. Drew was talking to a couple who need some time to work on their relationship. He reminded them that what children want is for their family to be intact and happy. He's sending the couple on a retreat for 4 days, and tells them that in the future the young children will not ever remember that they left them with family for those days, they won't remember that they were gone, but they will remember that their parents were together.
I need to remind myself that of all the time we are apart, it is the time we are together that will be remembered. She will remember that I dropped her off at school every day, not the 2 I missed... She will remember that I held her hand at the dentist, not that she didn't want to go, and that she will remember that I put her to bed and tucked her in 9 out of 10 times, and tha tI worked from home, not the times I worked while she was still home.
I guess sometimes wasting time watching TV is beneficial.