How Do Working Parents Do It All?
I work from home. Thank God that I work from home because otherwise I am convinced my life would be a total shambles.
With four sons, there is a lot of scheduling going on. Thankfully they have long days at school, and are not over-scheduled with after school activities. That being said, one son has to be picked up nightly at either 8.30 or 9.30, and my oldest needs to be picked up from work at the end of his shift at the restaurant. The other two are bused home which is a huge help. I feel I spend half my life in my car.
But then, factor in doctor’s appointments, the dentist, the eye doctor, taking Max to the vet. It used to be that I could pick all four kids up from school and have them all seen in one fell (exhausting) swoop. Now with all their different schedules and school locations that’s impossible. I feel like I am always juggling.
I don’t have set hours to work – if I get my work done at 3 am, no one needs to know, so the flexibility is great. But generally I am at my desk at 6 am, wake everyone up and caffeinate while answering emails and scheduling posts for the 20+ Social Media accounts that I manage. I try to plan my menus for the week and shop on Sunday, so that at 4 pm I can walk away from my desk and spend time in the kitchen creating a culinary symphony.
The evenings are set aside for the kids, for the KoD, for family time and for carpool. And for everything else that I haven’t had time for during the day. I do try to ignore work stuff in the evenings because I can get stressed out and it will interfere with my sleep if I read an email before bed…
When both parents are working outside the home, (or when a single parent works outside the home) how on earth does it all get done? How does one manage kids and home and work? I am overwhelmed as it is with Work / Home / Life balance and I can make my own hours….
How do YOU do it?