Today I discovered what it is really is that is making my life a bit more stressful lately. It isn't the absence of my older children. It is the fact that I am trying to not let the kids be babysat by screen time as much.
I need to set up some guidelines of when screen time is acceptable and stick with it. For the younger children I think it will be acceptable during quiet time. I haven't figured out what I am going to do for the older ones yet. Right now I just make them have their homework and chores done before they play or watch.