I often wonder how people with more than three kids do it. How do they keep up with activities and school as a taxi without demanding wrinkles in time on a daily basis? Technically, I only have two kids requiring my taxi services and I run into conflicts daily. It’s a good think LilZ will be driving before AndyZ starts with extracurricular activities, or someone would just have to be okay with walking home from soccer practice. It’s only about 8 miles! No problem!
I’ve taken large effort to find ways to eliminate as many potential conflicts as possible. NikkiZ’s dance class actual happens while she’s at school. School gets out at noon. The only potential conflict with LilZ’s school and activities is with her new indoor soccer team. And it is a short season with only 10 games, minimizing conflict. Except that both games this week? Have conflicted with LilZ’s theater obligations or events.
Last night I ate dinner at LilZ’s school for a dinner theater event I had bought tickets to earlier. I wolfed down my plate of BBQ, jumped in the car, and headed to the Y for the soccer game. I watched about 25 minutes of her game before I had to jump back in the car for the performance at the high school that was supposed to start after dinner. Essentially both kids got half of me – and I’m not sure if that’s better than giving one ALL of me or not.
There are a few other parents in LilZ’s group who periodically help with the taxing to and from rehearsals, but they all work. As the sole Stay At Home Mom in the group, it more often ends up on my plate. But I wonder, if I hadn’t gotten laid off…what would we do? Or, if I was a single Mom (which I was for awhile during LilZ’s childhood) what would I do? Or, if I had at least one extra kid requiring my participation…what would I do?
So – you tell me! How do you manage it all? Between carpool after school (which on any given day can pile up to four teenagers in my van) to hobbies (which sometimes require hours of audience time as well) to scheduling the daily routine (baths, dinner, chores) around it all. I know I couldn’t do it if I were still working and I wonder, should I find myself working full-time again, how will I mange? Do you limit hobbies? Do you depend on other friends and family? Or better…have you learned control over the space/time continuum? Because that would be awesome.