Today, I am talking a little about what I consider a pretty big part of my days…Yes, I am a photographer and a blogger but my best job is being mama to our three sweet and FUN, WILD, CRAZY, and BUSY kids. 🙂
Right now, we are going through a stage where the kids are just busy going to and from different activities. 🙂 So, one of my biggest roles is playing mom Taxi service!
I was a baseball mom for 10 years turned football mom turned soccer mom turned cheerleading coach. 🙂 I’ve carted kids to Wednesday night church, dance lessons, tumbling lessons, private lessons, volleyball practice, Orchestra practice, Bible Studies, and even a Karate practice or two. (Karate never quite stuck with that kiddo, but I loved it! haha!)
Quite often, I get emails asking how we pull it all off and asking for advice! I always preface my thoughts with the following: Sometimes we mess it up or need help from our friends to make it work. We certainly aren’t perfect in this or any other area!
Thankfully, I have had the privilege of knowing a few mamas who are just ahead of me in parenting (they have college aged kiddos and empty nesters). Those friends have always encouraged me to settle into whatever stage we were at and ENJOY it…whether it was diapers and bottles or this season where we meet ourselves coming and going. 🙂
And that advice has always just kind of stuck with me as a mama. I also think struggling with infertility and wanting to BE a mom for so long made this easy advice for me. My heart was already pointed in this direction. 🙂
Some days are exhausting, but being a mama is such a gift for me. I don’t want to take it for granted. 🙂
Anyhow, in no particular order, here are my favorite mom hacks for this stage of life!
Tip 1: Write it all down, and then write it down again!
I have 4 calendars in my world: 1 paper calendar for me to keep track of our family stuff, a phone calendar to share with my hubby, a dry erase wall calendar near the garage so my kids know what’s going on, and my work calendar on a scheduling app on my phone. I update these calendars all the time, and having them is the best way for us to stay organized!
Tip 2: Pack it all and Prepare it the Night or Day before
In my car, on any given night: I have at least two kinds of sports balls, water jugs filled, extra snacks because my people are always hungry, a book to read during my down time, a blanket in case we need it, sports chairs and more. Being prepared makes all those nights away from home that much easier! 🙂
Tip 3: Make some things simple, so other things can be complicated.
Does that make sense? Let me try to explain….You should know that I do not possess the magical lunch powers that create special bento box lunches. ( I am thoroughly impressed by these mamas that are gifted in this area). I will not be making my kids’ sandwiches look like the “Sushi roll sandwiches” that we see on Pinterest. 😉 Sometimes, you have to allow some things to be simple in your life because you only have so much TIME, SPACE, BRAIN POWER and that’s totally okay. 🙂 Dig in to the areas that matter for your family, and just let the rest be simple. 🙂
Tip 4: Do your best, pray, and then be like Elsa and “Let it go” 😉
We can remember 99% of what’s going on, but that means that some things are just going to fall through the cracks. When they do, let it go and move on to the next task at hand. 🙂
There we go! If you have any pro tips for being a busy mom, please leave them in the comments! We all need the help! I will see you guys back here tomorrow for Friday favorites! XO Narci