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Full Time, All the Time

with Britt Reints

Forget the 9 to 5; the demands of a working mom aren’t limited by a time clock. Full Time, All the Time is a blog about balancing the many roles of a modern woman - and maintaining your wellbeing while doing it. I am a writer, mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend and sometimes volunteer living in Pittsburgh. Oh, and I think you look pretty today.

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Give me back my routine!

Categories: the juggle, vacation


You know what the worst thing is about having my kids home for holiday break?

Wait.  I love having my kids home.  I love that we aren’t dealing with the morning arguments about getting ready.  I love that we can stay up late watching movies because they don’t have to get up early the next day.  I love the bike rides and the shopping trips and the extra snuggles and time together.

But I hate what it does to my schedule.

Specifically? I no longer have one.

While my mornings are free of the rush and tears and constant urging to GET YOUR SOCKS ON!, there’s also no clear start time to my day now.  While it’s nice not to be racing against the end of school, homework time, bath time and bed time, I find myself almost forgetting to make dinner at a reasonable hour, i.e. before we are all ready to gnaw one another’s arms off.  And while it’s fantastic for the kids that bed times aren’t mandatory during the holiday break, it gets a little tricky for Mom to meet all of her deadlines on less than sufficient sleep.

I crave predictability.  I need my schedule and rules and a clear expectation of what comes next, just like a baby.  Without it, I struggle to be productive.  Thank goodness I’ll be on vacation too beginning tomorrow!

Do you need a routine?  How do you cope when your schedule is disrupted?

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2 comments so far...

  • I both crave and loathe routine in equal measures (I’m a Leo with strong Virgo tendencies), so when I have a chance to break from my regular routine, I relish it and then go and create a new routine.

    Megan  |  December 22nd, 2010 at 1:19 pm

  • My kids aren’t school age (and their daycare only takes one day off at each holiday). But I’ve seen ads for “camps” for school kids who are on holiday breaks. I’ve seen them at the local science museum, rec centers, etc. They sound worthwhile and might allow moms to salvage much of their “routine.” Has anyone here tried them?

    SKL  |  December 23rd, 2010 at 12:54 am