making time for my toddlers

Ashley - posted on 09/19/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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IM AT A LOSS HERE! i have a two and three year old. i have this new job i start tomorrow and it is from 3pm-3am. i also go to school online full time. and to add salt to the wound im potty training BOTH at the same time. how can i make an appropriate schedule, make time for them, and still keep my sanity! i don't know what else to do, i dont have money to just take them out. i have to keep it in the comfort of my home. IM SO STRESSED!!

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Jenny - posted on 09/20/2011

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If your not a Type A personality. The cheapest and funniest things I ever let my 3 year old do is always the messiest stuff. Finger painting is always a big hit a my house. Building blocks, make cookies and let them decorate. Oh theres a million fun ways to make a mess.

Cynthia - posted on 09/20/2011

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How was your first day of work?

When do you do your online schooling and sleep?

Start your schedule first with your work, school and sleep time, then arrange the kid's schedule around that.

Maybe potty training can be pushed a little if it seems like they need more time.

Looking forward to hearing how your first day went!

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Ashley - posted on 10/03/2011

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sadly i couldnt do the job.. 12 hours a day everyday with no days off.. THERE WAS NO WAY I COULD DO THAT!! most people there did not have any kids so it was ok for them.. so now my fulltime job is finding a job... so i can still apply all this to that :( DARN ECONOMY lol!!

Ameo - posted on 10/03/2011

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No matter what, it's always hard to get in "enough" time w/the kids when you work. We are very hard on ourselves as working parents, though we know it is a necessity for most of us. First figure out what your work schedule will be exactly. Once you get in that cycle you'll know what you really have to work with as far as time. The kiddos really don't expect huge chunks of time w/you to be happy, just quality time. Let them get use to a particular time of day for Mom time. I work FT and manage to exercise 3 nights/wk after work. It's VERY hard knowing I only have a couple hrs each night w/the kids and hubby, but it's what I need. Sometimes they don't even care that I've come home! We spend a lot of our together time dancing and goofing off, doing art, and reading books. I hope the job works out for you. Sanity is always a juggling act, you are not alone there!

Rhena - posted on 10/02/2011

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Did you get some answers? If you need some more help, please let me know. I have an excellent idea. What's that? Just ask.....

Sharon - posted on 10/02/2011

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My daughter loves arts andcraft, have old boxes at hand to get them to stick together - a robot, make it a project for both. It's half an hour of you and them time where they can get messy and feel they have accomplished something with your undivided time, as it's at home and cheap you are always by the potty and they can run around in little clothes to save the mess and washing!!

Audra - posted on 09/26/2011

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If you're potty training your kids so that they can attend day care, etc. I understand the pressure you might feel. But if you're training them just to train them, it is something that could take a 'back seat' while you work out a basic schedule. I think the key is to make a list of the things you must do (sleep, meals, your online schooling, search for a job...) and things you'd like to do (walk around the block with the kids...). Then jot down the hours in the day. Assign the 'must do' items to a time, and then assign the 'would like to' items. Put your schedule up where you will see it, and do your best to follow it. See if it helps. I think kids and adults alike benefit from a schedule. Don't be afraid to make the changes you need to your schedule. But also, when your block of time for job searching is spent, leave it behind and move to the next task - I hope that a schedule will allow you to make the most of, and enjoy, your time with your kids. Let us know how it goes?

Ashley - posted on 09/26/2011

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i dont really have a method to be honest. im at an online school, but its way more intense than a campus. since im not longer working and l look for job, but as many know looking for a job is a job and i dont really get to do that without them getting in trouble.

Audra - posted on 09/26/2011

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What is your method of keeping track of your To Dos, or of your time? What IS your school schedule, and can you choose when you put that time in?

Ashley - posted on 09/24/2011

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Well i had to stop the job, i was only getting three hours of sleep MAX.. it was not worth when i found out that there were no actual days off! no more temporary work for me!!

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