And, I’m preaching to the choir. I’m hardly the first or only mom to be busy—instead, I’m one of the masses. In fact, I’m willing to bet that every mom who reads this post will say “me, too!” and “sounds familiar”.
Between kindergarten drop-off and preschool pick-up and snack donations and feeding the baby and homework and reading practice and birthday parties and football practice and dance lessons and… well, you get the picture… I feel like I can’t even find an hour’s gap in my schedule to go to the grocery store. Much less do things like volunteer on the PTA or participate in the school fundraiser.
Does it have to be this way? The truth is, I don’t know the answer.
I mean, it’s not exactly like I can cut out school. Or Homework. And, while I could cut out preschool for my daughter, when she’s at school, I write. Or I used to write. Now, I walk the halls trying to get the baby to fall back asleep because he always falls asleep on the way home from preschool drop-off.
So, how do I get a grip? And find a way to spend less time in the car and more time doing the things that are really important? And, beyond that, how do I find a way to do the things that are really important for my family AND pursue my own personal goals at the same time? I’m about to have a panic attack just thinking about it.
My friend Joanne Kraft actually took a year-long “radical sabbatical” from business (you can read about it in her book, Just Too Busy). Her kids stopped doing all activities and extra-curriculars and focused on family time. She claims it was the best thing she did for her family. The truth is that I’m not sure I’m ready to go there—my son just loves football and my daughter loves dance—and I can’t bear the thought of taking those things away from them. But I’m considering it.
At this point, something has to give.
Question: Are you overwhelmed? How do you deal?