Juggling It All As A Busy Parent

18/07/2017
Juggling it all as a busy parent mum holding baby

No one ever said that life was going to be easy.  Juggling it all as a busy parent is hard, whether you are working or a stay at home mum or dad.  There are so many balls in the air and in our hands all the time. Regardless, the same balls still need to be balanced and juggled and some of them fall on the ground, others bounce down the street never to be seen again.

There are always priorities and things to do, places to be, friends to catch up with, sports games to attend, award ceremonies to clap and take photos at and so on.  That isn’t even counting the calls from school for sick kids, grocery shopping, and housework.  Often something has to give and it does.  The balls drop and we just simply can’t handle it all.  There are tried and tested signs that you are doing the juggling act as a parent. Absolute telltale signs that you are juggling it all as a busy parent:Juggling being a busy parent with baskets of washing

  1. You are repeatedly running out the door at hare speed carrying 12 things, which generally aren’t yours, even though the entire house has been up since 6 am and had a full 2 hours to get ready for school, work or whatever is planned that day.  And someone still forgets something.
  2. Your lounge room constantly looks just like a washing factory with at least 4 baskets of washing ready to fold and iron.  You hope that the pile will decrease because people have run out of clothes and will just simply grab and go.  The wrinkled look is in right?
  3. You and your children arrive at your destination all with milk mustaches from breakfast, and crumbs down the front because no one remembers to clean their face or brush their teeth.  2 hours really isn’t enough time for anyone to get dressed and eat breakfast, something has to give.
  4. At 6pm you realise the fridge is bare because you forgot to take the meat out of the freezer and who does the grocery shopping around here?  Oh that would be you, but there were 25 other things on the list today and that one mustn’t have been important enough.  Even the children got the end piece of bread on their sandwich today (shock horror!).
  5. It’s Friday and you realise that Johnny was meant to have 3 assignments and a space ship built without any help despite having had the information for 4 weeks.
  6. Juggling busy parent working mother juggling it allThe family room and kitchen area look like the cupboards and the entire contents of your house just vomited themselves everywhere.  You are not quite sure where half the stuff lives and how it is everywhere but apparently, everyone is busy when they get home and stuff needs to be used.  Even if you clean up, it will be at least 8 hours until it all looks the same again.  Is 8 hours optimistic?
  7. The fruit bowl has 3 brown apples and 2 mandarins that look like something out of a science experiment on how long it takes to turn from orange to gray to bright green.  Best to not risk the mandarins tomorrow.
  8. You realise 16 days ago your best friend tried calling you and you never returned their phone call.  Thankfully she is in exactly the same boat and completely understands.  It then takes you a further 2 months before you actually speak and organise to catch up.  The catch up ends up being 4th March 2018 because no one has a spare weekend until then.
  9. You think of a new business adventure which consists of making a CD of repetitive phrases for mums that just scream out “get your shoes on!” and “I’m leaving in 5 minutes and you still haven’t brushed your teeth!”.  There is no doubt it would be a hot seller by croaky mums all over the world.
  10. Your car resembles some sort of food facility where sample pieces of popcorn, biscuit, and banana are left in strange and odd places for someone to perhaps sample later.  Every day you curse day care for the endless amounts of sand that consume the car.  One day you won’t be able to see out the windows there will be so much sand.

But in between all this, there is a love in the organised chaos, the fine balance that never really ever balances out.  The constant war zone living is home.  The dining room doesn’t resemble a dining room anymore and the bench tops are all filled with paper, Lego and a sandwich from last week.  But you wouldn’t have it any other way, because it is your chaos that at the heart of it is a warm, loving environment that is full of amazing family memories, along with 700 Woolworths Collector cards.  Thank you so much, Woolworths.Juggling parent holding all the balls

The children don’t see the mess.  They see you.  Amazing juggling parents doing everything they can to raise amazing kids.  Whether you are working or not working, we do it all because we worry and we care.  We are amazing juggling, busy parents and you should give yourself a big pat on the back.

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22 Comments

  • Reply kate lewicki 22/07/2017 at 2:21 am

    Having kids is the best, isn’t it? But it IS HARD! I only have one, but I feel like i’m running around picking things up ALL DAY LONG

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 25/07/2017 at 8:47 pm

      Oh yes, they can be like little tornadoes, can’t they! But yes, it sure is the best!! xx

  • Reply Sahar 21/07/2017 at 11:18 am

    I laughed so hard at some of these!!!! But yeah, ultimately, what a child remembers is the love and attention of a parent. I don’t remember anything that my parents did “wrong” when I was small; I just remember that they were always there for me, and I remember a lot of laughter, joy, traveling, and exploring. I need to remind myself of this when I spot the mess in my living room!!!!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 21/07/2017 at 11:35 am

      Yes exactly! And I also feel bad if the morning doesn’t go right and that they will be sad all day like I am, but they never are. xx

  • Reply Jen 20/07/2017 at 8:52 pm

    “Children don’t see the mess. Thry see you. ” so true. A good reason to remember to be in pictures to. They don’t see the hair that needs highlights or the extra 10pounds. They see you. Fun post.

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 20/07/2017 at 9:51 pm

      That is also very true! I am so critical of myself in pictures, but you are right, I shouldn’t because I should just be in the picture for them. Thank you for the reminder xx

  • Reply Toni 20/07/2017 at 6:11 pm

    Haha had me laughing. Can relate to so much of that! It sure is a juggling act but you’re right, the kids don’t see that. It’s all for them!

  • Reply Anisa 19/07/2017 at 1:05 am

    This is me !! But with a 6 month old !! Nursing her and me trying make food, giving her baths , carrying her my bags and always forgetting my phone or keys lol it’s defintley a lot ! Every morning she’s up at 630am or 830am , different every day

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 20/07/2017 at 2:49 pm

      Yes! You almost have to carry everything and the kitchen sink! I would always forget something too like wipes or water or something needed!

  • Reply sarah 18/07/2017 at 3:30 pm

    oh gosh too many of these are my juggling act! haha…We are ALWAYS late, always always! Laundry always takes a few days to be complete and before you know it, it starts again! I hate thinking about dinner time if I have meal planned and I am terrible with staying in contact. I’m glad this is the parenting norm! haha

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 18/07/2017 at 9:12 pm

      Oh the rush to actually be ready on time is crazy! I just did 4 loads today and within a day we will be heading back that way! Yes you are so right about staying in contact with friends! It sure is a juggle! xx

  • Reply Scrunchy Mama 18/07/2017 at 9:12 am

    I don’t know how you managed to describe everything so perfectly…. but yeah, this is mom life haha.

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 18/07/2017 at 11:35 am

      Oh thanks! It sure is mum life. I am sure I could have written another 8 or so!!! xxx

  • Reply Carli 18/07/2017 at 8:37 am

    Thats awesome! I feel very inspired by you… i know its very difficult to fo all thats stuff… i a stay at home single mom and i know its just not easy… i varely have friends because they all got tired… but im a mom now… im not a super mom… i keep my daughter alive and healthy and thats all than matters… we have a couple of hours a day to clean enough to bot die and twice a week for laundry… even than that sounds very simple sometimes its hard…. but youre right… the most important is the love and how they see us as their idols because we are juggling and still keep our sanity haha

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 18/07/2017 at 11:35 am

      You sound like you are doing an amazing job and juggling all of it! Absolutely agree with you that it is all about looking after our kids and the love. And yes, hope I keep my sanity too! xxx

  • Reply Shell 18/07/2017 at 8:03 am

    Such a great post!!! I relate with you 100%!!!! 🙂

  • Reply Catherine @ Ten Thousand Hour Mama 18/07/2017 at 7:34 am

    I relate to so much of this! And I laughed out loud about the horrors of giving the end pieces of bread to kids. (Have you tried the trick where you put the heel part of the slice on the inside? Sometimes my kids don’t notice!!!)

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 18/07/2017 at 11:33 am

      Oh my goodness! I had never thought of that! That is the best trick ever. I will be keeping that one the list of awesome mum tips!!

  • Reply Heidi 18/07/2017 at 6:49 am

    Spot. on! With the exception of the two hours to get ready in the morning…we would have to get up at 4:30 to have that kind of time! I hate the mess and chaos, but then at the end of the day in the middle of it all, the little snuggles and hugs and kisses make it all fade away.

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 18/07/2017 at 11:33 am

      Oh wow that would be early, we are out the door at 8.30am. Definitely, the kisses and cuddles are well worth it! xx

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