The Juggling Act

Sinnary JugglingHere’s a common topic:  the mom’s juggling act.  I’ve been asked, “How do you do it?”  My answer, I let a lot of things slide!  While I’m still stuck handling laundry, I do admit I “outsource” the housecleaning.  My teenagers do the dishes and I have a cleaning service come to my house once a month.  My husband finds the cleaning service more than fair as she does a much better job than I do getting the two and a half baths in our house clean.

It is also a lot easier for me this year compared to the previous.  In the past we had some weekends where my eldest would have a golf tournament at one location, my younger ones a golf tournament at another and my 2nd child with cheerleading competition at a totally different place.  Since polygamy is out of the question, we’d have to find a ride for one of the girls.  This year is so much easier as one is in college, the 2nd no longer cheers but is in drumline.

A typical weekday in our life now looks like this:

  • AM – Drop kids off at schools, I work on the computer.  Once a week, I’ll run our laundry loads through while I’m working.
  • Noon – I take a break, figure out what I’ll make for dinner or get dinner started on the slow cooker.  Some days, I’ll actually do  the groceries or run errands.
  • Early PM – Kids start working on homework, I’m preparing dinner.
  •  Mid PM – I take the kids to practice some golf (hopefully homework’s done)
  • PM – We have dinner, finish up any homework then they’re off to bed.

Working from home certainly helps.  And, being able to complete my workload with part time hours is a very important part of my schedule.  Outdoor sports often require some daylight, so especially in the winter months when our days are so short and chilly, it’s great to be able to get out to practice around 3 or 4 in the afternoon.

Our weekends however are a bit more confusing.  This past weekend for example, Jasmynd had drumline competition.  I wasn’t able to attend unfortunately so she got a ride with one of her classmates.  Kayla and Nalani both played an 18-hole golf tournament in San Diego.  So, I had to factor in our drive.  In fact, I always factor in the commute time as well as the warm up time to all of their golf tournaments and block it out on my calendar.  Don’t you just love smartphones and Google Calendar?

Since we were going to be in San Diego, we were able to meet up with an old friend of my husband’s for dinner who he hasn’t seen for over 20 years.  So, we made a whole day out of it.

On Sunday, Kayla had a 9-Hole tournament, thankfully local to us.  Nalani did some extra practice homework and putting on the green while we waited for her sister to play golf.  We weren’t allowed to spectate so it’s a nice break sometimes.  And being only 9-holes, we had plenty of time to make it to a friend’s house for their Superbowl party.  That said, the weekend was full, fun and tiring.  But, I wouldn’t trade it.  I feel so blessed we are able to spend the time together as a family both days and enjoy the company of friends as well.

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Sinnary Sam is a marketing professional specializing in Prospect Marketing Events. She works from home part time and manages her four daughters' busy school and sports schedules.

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6 Responses to The Juggling Act

  1. nikki February 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    What a busy life! Although it is busy it sounds like you all have fun together…that is the most important thing! Our lives are similar, and I carry my calendar with me everywhere, I like things on paper…and I would not survive without it!

    • Sinnary February 5, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

      Nikki, paper? What’s that? LOL. I love Google Calendar. My 2 teenagers also have Google Calendar and they have access to my calendar so they’ll know where I am if they need me. I also have access to their calendars. Love it!

  2. Marcie Taylor (@suburbanmama) February 6, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    Whew, I got tired just reading your schedule, Sinnary :) But I hear ya. It is a juggling act. But well worth it if you can spend time with your family and make a living doing what you love. Looking forward to reading your blog more often.

    • Sinnary February 6, 2013 at 10:26 am #

      Marcie, coming from another mother, I’m flattered! But, I must admit, I’m not the one as tired as my girls. They do have a busy schedule and I try my best to balance in fun.

  3. john philpin February 6, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    not sure if you know the song “My Husband’s First Wife” – by Jerome Kern – it was on NPR yesterday – anyway – the perfection and organization you describe above reminded me of that song

    • Sinnary February 6, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

      John, so funny. Thanks for the compliment! I had to listen to the song’s sample on Amazon. Thanks again!

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