Managing a full time job and 3 kids?

Lana Jean Ellen - posted on 06/09/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Finding it hard working and having 3 kids to go home to every night after a long day at the office. Resting only 9.00 pm and waking up again at 5.30 am to start the whole cycle again. There must be other mums out there that are living a life of a robot someone please help does it ever change for the better. Been a mum is hard work!!!!

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Nicole - posted on 09/18/2013

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I'm a mom with 3 kids 6-3-7mos. Dad and I live together but we are not married. I work in the Corporate field from 8-5. Dad leaves the house around 5:30... Which leaves me to dress 4 people including myself. My 3 yr old (middle child) is by far the most stubborn emotional human being... So each morning it's like a roller coaster. He often thinks he's the only child. I usually wake up at 5am to get a head start on things. Our house extremely unorganized so we usually rush around the house looking for socks, backpack... Signing folders packing lunches etc. I've tried organizing to make things a little more easier for me... But I get zero assistance from dad so I often get lazy and not stick to my routine of being organized. After our crazy morning I have to make 4 stops... We drop the emotional one off first, then my 7 mo. Old daughter, my schooler is next and then finally I have a 5 min peaceful ride to work before I walk into messages, emails and clients! After work I rush to pick up the boys then Leah... We come home change clothes and then head to football practice for 2 hours for which I'm team mom (what was I thinking?). Practice ends at 7:30 sometimes 8 and we are racing the clock to eat dinner take baths and go to bed. By the time I'm finish with in comes dad who's been at the gym for the last 3 hours. By the. All I want to do is shower and go to bed and it starts allllll over again.

Angelica - posted on 06/09/2009

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I am a single working Mom of 3 kids too! It isn't easy but I must be honest that the older they get the easier it becomes. They learn to do a lot of things for themselves and you will find that they are less demanding of your hands-on attention. Try getting the older ones to help the younger ones with the basics...take care of yourself xxx

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Victoria - posted on 06/11/2009

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I am a working mom with 5 kids--ages 17, 16, 13, 7, 4. I am married, so that helps, plus I have 3 older kids that can fend for themselves pretty much. But working a full time job with a family of 3+ takes organization and CAN wear you down. I pick up a need for a mom-vacation! Do you have anyone who can take the kids for a day when you are NOT working? Not just an hour, but like 4 (that is a challenge...not to find someone willing to help out, but for Mom's to be away that long without feeling guilty about a little "ME-time". You need to do something like that at least once a month or so!



When my older 3 were little, my hubby was in military and his position left me in a single mom status quite frequently (try this AND moving every year due to orders for the first 4 years of marriage!). I became very taxed and not very happy. I connected with a group of mom's who had play dates. Once a month I'd sit for a mom whose children tolerated mine very well and she'd do the same for me.



I'd save up some fun funds for my 4 hour Breath Time and splurge on Me; or go for a long walk listening to the birds sing; enjoy an oversized sweet treat that I didn't have to share with ANYONE (sad thing is, my hips now hate me for that!), watch a movie I'd been dying to see but couldn't with the kids along or just sleep!



hang in there! Time flies so fast you will wake up one morning and realize that you barely have a year left with them in the same house as you. Then you'll wake up the next morning and they are gone. They won't be there to hold, cuddle, tease or play with. (sigh)

Kim - posted on 06/10/2009

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I'm a single mom of three as well. I work 8-5 so basically I'm out the door by 7:30 am and home about 530 or 6 pm. I do have the advantage of having kids of varying ages: 14, 11 and 3. My oldest loves to cook. Plus they are a big help with chores. We set aside some "family" time, which usually consists of a tv show we all really like, and veg out together for an hour. Gives me some unwinding time after dinner is cooked, etc. Plus gives me some time with my kids before shuttling them off to bed. I usually get to bed about 11 pm and up again at 6 am. It gets easier as they get older. And learning to manage your time too. The first couple years after my divorce were hectic till I got our schedule down good enough. CHIN UP!

Gayle - posted on 06/09/2009

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I'm a full time working mother of 3 kids!! They're all under the age of 5!! It's difficult, but you will make it!! After you get home from work, take a few minutes to unwind by yourself. My stress reliever is cooking because it gives me a little time to myself also!! Find something productive to do after you get home that can work kind of as a stress reliever. I use cooking and cleaning to music and it works for me!

Angelica - posted on 06/09/2009

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I am a single working Mom of 3 kids too! It isn't easy but I must be honest that the older they get the easier it becomes. They learn to do a lot of things for themselves and you will find that they are less demanding of your hands-on attention. Try getting the older ones to help the younger ones with the basics...take care of yourself xxx

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