We all know how hard mums work from juggling friends, relationships, children’s schedules and trying to fit that around work. Many parents are employed with hours that fit round kid’s school and after school clubs but for some mums that isn’t an option, that’s why many parents, men as well are deciding to work from home. This can be for financial reasons or just so they can work alongside their children and watch them grow. I am no different, I have 3 lovely children aged 3 years, 2 years and 11 weeks old, alongside this I run my own party supplies business from home, it is and can be extremely hard to balance the day but I love the pressure and always being busy so here is my daily diary:
7am – Time to wake up or be rudely awoken by the screams of the baby crying, my daughter shouting for her breakfast or my son wanting his morning poo! This then starts the mammoth task that is breakfast with no-one wanting the same thing. My son likes toast with butter and jam, our daughter likes cereal and the baby has milk. Everyone bounces downstairs while I get breakfast on the table, turn on the computer ready for the day and then I start feeding the baby.
7:30am – Dressing is a daily struggle as my 2 year old daughter has decided she is a diva already so picks out her own outfit for the day with me making suggestions that she cant wear a dress and a skirt or fancy dress is not really suitable for a supermarket shopping trip. It takes around 20 minutes to persuade our son to dress himself, I guess even young boys are lazy! Then the baby needs changing, usually a nice poo type nappy, those I love to wake up to which totally puts me off any sort of breakfast.
8am-9am – The tv is usually on for an hour, educational programmes like peppa pig or alphablocks so at least the kids are learning something while I am checking my 200 daily emails and replying to queries and also noting down orders and delivery addresses that have been purchased on the website that morning or late the earlier evening.
9am – This is usually toddler group time which consists of me and other mums sat round chatting while our children play with other kids. We normally have a cup of tea and biscuit half way through and the kids get juice. We use this as an opportunity to talk more about our kids, as none of us have lives outside of kids!! – The joys of motherhood! We could kid ourselves that we are helping our kids develop their social skills which I guess we are but parents, women especially, mainly just like a good gossip.
11:30am – At this time after the singing and dancing at the end of toddlers we dash home to a rushed dinner of beans on toast, shapes or a sandwich and crisps. The baby has already had a bottle at toddler group and another sleep – How you can be so tired at 3 months I will never know! We then proceed to get our little boy ready for school and walk the 15 minute walk (it would be 8 minutes if it wasn’t for the fact our 2 year old girl is so nosey and stops every 30 seconds to look at what is around her.
12:20- School starts for my little boy on afternoon nursery, we normally stay to watch wake up shake up and then walk home again maybe calling at the shop for an afternoon treat, grapes for our daughter and chocolate for me – Naughty Mummy!
1:00pm- These 2 hours while the baby is asleep we spend packing up parcels, reading stories, watching a little more television and playing in the garden while I hang the washing out. Then it is time for babies feed before we head to the post office and then up to the school.
3:30pm – Its time for being home for school where my son decides he is starving even though he had a snack and milk at school 1 hour ago. This leads to me throwing something in the oven while getting him out of his school close.
4pm – 5pm – Tea time, this involves cooking time, trying to get the kids involved even though it takes longer and then eating the meal where my son will eat everything and my daughter will just pick at things. Another dirty nappy from the baby and more milk to see her settle for late afternoon nap.
6pm – Bath time, I love this time as I am usually worn out and it means only an hour till bedtime and I get some rest. Bathing 3 kids isn’t easy, the baby sits on the chair in the bath with our daughter, then when baby is being dried our son gets in the bath, a soaking wet floor later and crayons (bath crayons) on the bathroom walls and it is time to get dried and go downstairs for a biscuit and a cup of tea.
7pm – Baby has her last milk and changed ready for bed, kids have their bedtime stories and cuddles and settle down for the night. By 8pm, after bouncing on the beds, messing their rooms and shouting down stairs a few times everyone is settled and then I spend half an hour cleaning before getting my pyjamas on and relaxing on the couch for an evening of rubbish Television.
This was written by Gemma Dawson who sells childrens party supplies .