Time Management in Parenting…

Wow, I have missed blogging!  It has been way too long since my last post…
Things have been hectic at best lately and I feel like I am lucky to have enough time to sit down and eat…which does not always happen by the way!  So I am busy, tired, hungry and I am sure just a “joy” to be around lately…hahaha!

In all reality though, I really have been struggling lately with juggling working full time and being a full-time parent as well.  I know that sounds funny…full-time parent…aren’t we all parents all the time?!  I guess what I mean by that is the opposite schedules my husband and I work so as not to have to pay for daycare for our kiddos.  So I work full time during the day and then come home and “parent” full-time by myself at night while he does the same, but opposite…parenting by himself during the day and working full-time at night.  (I think he got the worse end of the deal because he actually gets up with the baby overnights more than I do too…thank goodness for my amazing husband!!)

It is exhausting!  And I know that it will only get worse in the sense that as the kids get older, they are going to have busier schedules with school and activities and friends, etc.  Currently my husband takes our oldest to preschool in the mornings and I did it while I was on maternity leave.  It is quite the task to get everybody loaded up into the van to drop Logan off and then pick him back up again.  This fall will be even more of  a challenge with one in preschool and one in kindergarten at different schools!  Same with baseball this summer…will have two of them playing instead of just the one.

So the reason this is all on my mind right now and I am rambling on is because next Monday is Logan’s 5th birthday…OMG it is less than a week away!  I have been meaning to schedule his birthday party for over a month now, but just keep getting too busy to actually do it.  So I finally sat down and looked at the calendar and tried to map out the party this morning and make the call to the YMCA to see if they have any openings for the date that would work best for us…and of course the person that books the party is not there.  So I left a message and am hoping for the best, but realize that there may be a possibility that my son’s birthday party will be pushed back to April since we have to work around Easter weekend too.

I must be busier than normal too, because little Liam will be 5 months old on Monday the 18th as well and he is still wearing 3 month clothing, which by the way is too tight for him!  I really need to go through the boys’ old clothes and find the 6 month outfits for him.  The bad part is that I know there are 3 month outfits that he has never worn once…what is wrong with me?!  Geez!  I am slacking…  Can somebody please put more than 24-hours in a day for me?!  Apparently that is just not enough for me to get everything done!

So long rambling nonsense in short…I think it is time for me to try to “re-organize” my time management system again!
I am currently using the Cozi website (www.cozi.com) for our family calendar so we can all (well my husband and I currently) see what everybody has scheduled.  It is nice because it also has a shopping list feature so we can both add to the same shopping list and my husband can access it via his phone and pick up groceries after work.  We just really need to work more on actually using it!!  I also have a neat magnetic organizer that has 3 different tabbed clear “folders” that we keep on the fridge.  Currently we are only using one of the “folders” for my son’s school calendar, but as the other ones get into school too, the rest will fill up with their calendars!

If anybody has any awesome tips/tricks/resources that you use to help keep your family organized please feel free to share!   I know I would appreciate it and I am sure other parents reading this would too!  “Help a mother out!”  Haha!  🙂