We’re all over here celebrating the start of a new school year (because summers can be LONG) but you know what comes along with the back to school? Extracurricular activities. Soccer practice, piano lessons, dance team, and on and on and on. From the minute the work day ends, parents move on to their second job as a kid-chauffeur with everything that goes into it.
“Being a working mom with kids in extracurricular activities is unrealistic. It is so hard. It doesn’t even make sense. If feels unsustainable. Like how long am I going to be able to do this? I’m going to work, I’m getting off work, and I gotta round everybody up. I got a school-age child. I got babies at daycare. I got to make sure I got his stuff for football. I gotta make sure I got their snacks. I gotta make sure I got a portable potty. When I’m done doing that, sitting there trying to entertain the little ones while the big one is practicing, I then have to go home, wash everybody up, feed everybody, get everybody down for bed, and do it again the next day.”
We’re exhausted just reading all that and can only imagine what this schedule is going to look like once the little ones have their own activities. The comments section made it clear just how many parents are in the same predicament.
@rexandmo does show some appreciation for her partner in her caption: “s/o to my husband cause he work too & coaches but when he gets home these HIS KIDS.” We support this.
Our only recommendation: don’t feel like you have to do everything. It’s okay if your kids aren’t in every activity. It’s okay if you don’t do home-cooked meals every night. Many successful working moms find that the only way they can get through the day is by giving up on things like that.