Summer is the working mom’s curse. In six days, my kids will be out of school and my two jobs will collide.
During the school year, I keep a delicate balance between my full-time job as a mom and my part-time job as an editor. It works fairly well. But in the summer, not so much.
Don’t get me wrong, I love summer. I love warm sunny weather, going to the pool, vacationing at the beach, camping trips and lazy evenings lounging on the porch. When the kids were little, it seemed easier to balance my job (which I can do much of at home) and my family. I’d just wake up early and get a bit of work done before they were up, head to the pool for a few hours and then come home for quite time and more work. It all seemed to work out.
But as the kids get older, their schedules have become more demanding and they have little use for quite time. They want to be on the go all the time. That leaves little time for uninterrupted hours for work. I end up squeezing more into the early morning hours, setting up shop on a picnic table at the pool, and working after the sun goes down. In between, I’m shuttling the kids to the pool in shifts depending on when their swim team practice starts, carpooling to another pool for an additional practice, reapplying sun screen, doling out lunches, tending to complaints of boredom, dropping of kids at friends houses, picking them up and taking kids to lacrosse practice and an occasional camp. This doesn’t include the grocery shopping, laundry and doctor’s appointments.
Just the thought of summer has my head spinning. I enjoy my job. It’s challenging, fulfilling and luckily, incredibly flexible. But when it comes to summer, I need more than just longer days to accomplish everything I need to get done. I need more time in the day. Then I might be able to squeeze in some of that relaxing on the porch that makes me love summer so much.
FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 14, Lilly, 12, Adam, 12, and Jonah, 8.