Let’s face it, being a mom is HARD work. While being very rewarding, motherhood can be simply exhausting and at times difficult to manage.
As moms we wear several hats being wives, caretakers, cooks, house cleaners, boo boo kissers, tucker-iners and for most (including myself), outside of the home workers as well. With all that we do in a day, it’s a wonder that there is any time left for a good night’s sleep! (For most of us, not even this exist)
So how do we juggle all of our balls, wear all of our hats, and still keep our sanity? Honestly, I have no idea! But hopefully through this blog, I can discover that answer for myself as well as hopefully help a few other moms along the way. Now I will admit that I do not have the best time management skills; however, I do find that having some sort of a daily routine helps me out quite a bit.
I have an 8 year old son and an 8 month old son and I work outside of the home so starting our morning off with a schedule is key for our household. I typically am the first one up in the morning, getting up at 5 a.m. I am so NOT a morning person but I do find that getting those first 15-20 minutes of time to myself really helps me wrap my head around my day. I try to shower before my husband and the baby are up so that’s what I generally use that time for. I also try to prep as much as I can the night before. All bottles are washed and labels made for daycare, lunches are packed etc. This way all I have to do in the morning is feed everyone (except for myself of course) get the boys dressed and head out the door. Sounds simple enough but of course there are always those unexpected interruptions like the baby pooping right when I’m ready to leave or my oldest son’s occasional over night growth spurts which prevent his shoes from fitting (yes, that too has happened!) The most important thing for me however, is to have a goal time in mind. Meaning the time that I need to be backing out of my driveway in order to drop off the kids and get to work on time. While I don’t always meet my goal, this does help me manage my sanity a little bit in the mornings. Evenings are a little less hectic but scheduled nonetheless. Homework comes first and foremost during the school year! I try to have both boys fed, bathed and asleep by 8:30 Again, this is not always a seamless procedure but having time goals in mind for me has been a definite help! Now if only I didn’t always feel like I was chasing my tail…