Getting it done.

Barbara - posted on 11/18/2008 ( 4 moms have responded )

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How do you guys get everything done? House work, diner, homework, playtime, bath time, reading time? I absolutely love being a mom;however, I also feel like I should have a stop watch timing every little thing so that I can get the kiddos in bed by 7:30 or 8:00. This makes me feel like a warden or school teacher versus a mom. The evenings seem to go by too fast.

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Diane - posted on 11/18/2008

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I'm the first to admit, I don't get it all done. I have to prioritize and my family comes first. My house is never as clean as I would like, but it's clean enough. Like others have said, we try to do quick easy dinners during the week, (my kids are too young for homework, so that's not an issue for us yet), playtime, bath time and reading, we try to do before bed. Both of my girls are in gymnastics on Saturdays so they have their quality fun time with me. I always try to make one weekend day special where we do something unique as a family -- go out and do something or do something special at home. It is tough, but it makes the family time way more special.

Joanna - posted on 11/18/2008

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I don't get *everything* done. :) And I'm OK with it at this point because I'd rather be happy during the time I have with my daughter than stressed. For instance, I make quick but healthy dinners that take ~30 minutes to prepare/cook during weekdays, rather than more involved meals, and my daughter does her homework in the kitchen while I'm cooking so she can ask questions. As far as baths, I ask her to take a shower ~3 times a week, rather than everyday, because she's doesn't get dirty/sweaty every single day. (We try to match up showers with PE/dance class days, especially.) I do maintenance housework as I go - wiping down counters, sweeping the floor, etc. - and save heavy duty stuff for once or twice a month. I've found that keeping up with the little stuff is easier than spending 4-6 hours once a week.



The most important thing is finding QUALITY time for your kids, rather than imposing some arbitrary quantity on you and your family. Also, I've given up on the whole super-mom thing, which makes me a whole lot happier and healthier.

Shelley - posted on 11/18/2008

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I don't think it is possible to get everything done. Try to do the best that you can and not beat yourself up if some things get missed every now and then. The most important thing is that you love your kids and you spend quality time with them. No is remembered for how clean their house was or that you only bath your child three times in a week but what they will remember is how good of a mom your are ;-) Best of Luck.

Rachel - posted on 11/18/2008

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They do go by very fast but you just keep going on. I am a single mother of a 2 yr old son & I am always working plus I go to college full-time. Things get hectic in the evenings but when he is asleep and i go to check on him, seeing him asleep in his bed peacefully makes it all worth while

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