balancing work and family · time management

New Routines

I thought balancing work and family was tough. It’s always been a constant struggle. I usually feel guilty being away from family and guilty being away from work. Gosh, guilt sets in when I go to the dentist to get a cleaning on my lunch hour and I get back to the office 15 minutes late. Now that school is finally under-way we have a whole other element to deal with. Work-family-school. We need to structure new routines for everyone. One son in kindergarten, which brings forth different drop-off/pick-up times, setting up a homework schedule, making school lunches, etc. My 2nd-born starts Pre-K in a school two towns away from my son’s school and starts around the same time. I am fortunate enough to have the world’s best in-laws. As they say, “it takes a tribe to raise a family.” They are very helpful.

We had a system set up and it worked well. Now we need to start from scratch and set up a new system. My husband does not have a set schedule. It changes from day-to-day. Heck, it can actually change by the hour. It’s unpredictable. This poses a challenge. If he can’t be there for pick-up, I need to leave work…set in guilt and an un-pleased boss. The last thing I want to happen is my child crying at school because we screwed up who was doing the pick-up today. We need a new schedule, new chore charts, new check lists. Gosh, we are going to need a larger dry-erase board. How do working mom’s do it? The key is to be organized, plan ahead, and have a good tribe behind you. Without them… you’re screwed and/or jobless. This is going to take some time and some trial and error I’m sure, but hopefully we can figure it out and balance everything, and hopefully the adjustment goes smoothly for the kids. The anxiety is still sitting in my chest. If you have any tips, please share!

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