Hi all! Welcome back to My Mountain – the guest blogger series where we share our biggest parenting challenges. This week we hear from one of my favourite bloggers – Mummyitsok – on how hard it is to keep all the balls in the air…
Being a parent is a challenging job, being a working mum makes it sometimes impossible! I work full-time as does my husband, we have a 3 year old, a house, car, cat – the usual – and yes it’s tough to juggle everything!
I’d love to tell you that the house is spotless and all of the house-hold jobs such as washing and ironing are up-to-date but that’s not our reality. We are out of the house Monday-Friday 8.00am-5.30pm, then when we all get back its time for tea and a bath and a story then its little ones bedtime. I always plan to do something when he’s fell asleep – then he will take 2 hours to go to bed and by the time he’s asleep I’m shattered from fighting him and it’s my bed time too! Saturday and Sunday we like to spend doing things with the little guy as we don’t get much time together in the week and we visit grandparents.
It’s definitely challenging trying to do everything and I’m not going to lie we don’t always manage to do it all! Yes the housework suffers and I could probably do with showing it the duster and polish, the ironing pile – well pile is an understatement, the living room looks like a pre-school is being run in it! The car has seen better days it needs a clean and I think the toys have taken up permanent residence in there alongside some old food packets.
One amazing thing we have done to save time though is to do our food shopping online and get it delivered for an evening in the week. This was the best thing we have ever done, it means one of us doesn’t have to go do it after a long day at work and miss out seeing our son, and it means our weekends aren’t spent rushing around the supermarket with a trolley and a bored toddler. Thank you online food shopping!
However, the little man is well looked after and totally spoilt with love and attention, when we are with him we do loads of activities and teach him lots of new things. He always has our full attention when we are around. He has everything he needs and yes the chores may suffer but at the end of it all an ironing pile isn’t as important and showing our son the love and playtime he needs as a toddler.
So if you come round mine and the house needs a bit of a vacuum and polish, the gardening needs doing and I still need to pick up those dirty socks off the floor, I am sorry for the mess, but I’ve been busy at work and busy being a mum. Plus I have blog posts to write 😉
Oh shit I forgot the cat ….