Is your life crazy busy? Trying to juggle work and family obligations can a challenge! If you’re a working mom, or any mom really, you know exactly what I’m talking about! Lately I feel like I am constantly running. Though in reality, I mostly walk with purpose at a very rapid pace.
Recently, I read a post by another working mom and blogger where she shared what a working mom’s typical day is like for her. And what really struck me about her post was how similar are typical days are.
We’re both constantly on the go from the time the alarm goes off until our heads hit the pillow at night. Of course, there are a few minor differences. Like the ages of our kiddos; she has babies and toddlers, while I have big kids.
But I can assure you, the effort involved is the same. The time management challenges are the same. And so is the exhaustion, even if it is for slightly different reasons.
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The Same But Different
Many moms of little ones are looking forward to the day when their kids are bigger and they can relax. I used to think this would happen in elementary school. But depending on the type of kids you have, that day may be farther away than you think.
My kids are 9 and 12, and I’m still waiting for the relaxation to happen!
While I’m not chasing after a toddler anymore, I am chauffeuring kids to and from an endless stream of activities. And there always seems to be that school project someone forgot to mention until the night before. Talk about a fun time!
There should be a parenting merit badge for rapid volcano making after 8pm while all participants are grumpy and exhausted! Then actually making to school and work on time the next morning! Thank you coffee!
Big kids also stay up later. No more “me time” during naps, or after an early bedtime for the kiddos. Now they go to bed about the same time as you.
Right now, my only chance for “me time” is before 6am or after 9pm. So I’m always looking for ways to save a little time at home, because I’d eventually like to work off my sleep deficit.
But enough about big kid parenting challenges. What I really want to do is share what my working mom’s typical day looks like. And I hope it gives you that feeling that you’re not alone in this. That another mom understands what you’re going through.
Because truly, my day probably looks a lot like yours!
A Working Mom’s Typical Day
Working Mom’s Morning Rush
I get up early. And by early, I mean around 4:30 in the morning. When the alarm starts beeping. I turn it off as quickly as I can so I don’t wake the kids up yet. Then it’s downstairs for coffee and responding to emails and comments.
About an hour later, I get Checkmate (not his real name) up and make him breakfast. Lately he wants oatmeal. This is pretty quick and easy because I can make with hot water from the Keurig.
Then I start helping him with his homework, which he actually wants to do now that he is in middle school. He usually does it in the morning because he is too tired at night. Which I totally get!
While Checkmate’s eating and working, I pack lunches for both kids, and check my calendar and see if there’s anything important I need to remember to do today (again). There is. I set a reminder on my iPhone calendar this time.
Then I wake up the Bookworm (not her real name) and make her breakfast. I also start getting dressed with one eye on the clock and periodic reminders to the kids to get dressed, put on shoes, and gather up belongings.
Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho… You know the rest!
Eventually everyone is off to school and it’s time for me to go to work. I grab my purse, lunch, sunglasses, and keys and head out the door. Then I head right back in to make sure the flat-iron is unplugged. Finally, it’s off to work. If I’m lucky, I make it on time.
Once I get to work, I check my calendar and see what I need to get done today. Make a list and start crossing things off. The morning usually goes by pretty quickly. When I finally have time for lunch, I typically head out of the office so that I’ll actually take a break, instead of working while I’m eating.
Then it’s back in for longest part of my day. By 4:00 pm, I’m tired and hungry. I search for some change to buy junk food from the vending machine, andall I have is a $20, a dime , and 17 pennies. But, it’s not too much longer until work is over. Errands on the way home? Not today. I head for the home instead.
Home for the Last Part of This Working Mom’s Typical Day
As soon as I walk in the door, a kid calls out “what’s for dinner?” And since I forgot to start-up the crockpot today, I’m going to have to start cooking soon. But first, I change into someone sweats and throw in a load of laundry.
Then I start making dinner. It’s taco Tuesday. We’ll at least for me and the one kid that eats tacos. I heat up some mac and cheese for my picky eater that doesn’t.
By now my energy is starting to fade. I clean up the kitchen, unpack the lunch boxes, and load the dishwasher. Then I spend the next 30 minutes replying to emails and comments, and paying a few bills.
I’ve got some writing to do tonight. I pour myself a nice hot a cup of vanilla almond hot tea, so that I can stay up a little bit later and get a few things done (like this post). I give the kids the 10 minutes warning for bedtime. And switch the laundry from the washer to the dryer.
About 30 minutes later, the kids are finally getting ready for bed. Then it’s lights out for the kiddos. I turn on the dishwasher and try to finish up what I’m working on.
By the time I finally finish a few hours have passed. So I head up to bed. Later I wake up and shut off the TV. And go back to sleep for the night.
So that’s how this working mom’s typical day ends.
Let’s do it again tomorrow.
What a working mom’s typical day look like for you? Share it with me.
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