Full-time Job, Full-time Mom To 4, Sanity In Check!

Jackie from With Just A Bit Of Magic is my twitter pal. She is simply amazing – a working mom to 4, wife, blogger, etc.! I am constantly asking how she does it all because I’m overwhelmed just thinking about her life and schedule. Her blog name fits perfectly because according to Jackie, it takes a bit of magic to get it all done. I wish she’d share her magic wand because I am a SAHM to one and cannot get it all done!

Be sure to check out Jackie’s blog, become a facebook fan and follow her on twitter.

Full-time Job, Full-time Mom to 4, Sanity In Check!” by Jackie Cross

First of all, I have to say that I’m honored to have been asked to be a guest blogger! I was so excited when Jessica asked me! It was totally unexpected and I jumped at the chance to do it!

My first thought was, “what am I going to write about?” But after talking to Jessica for a bit, we came up with something. I hope that you enjoy it.

I’m a mom if you didn’t know and as a matter of fact, I’m a mom of 4 busy children ranging in age from 14 to 9 months old! Three girls and one boy.

I’m a working mom. I work full-time outside of the home and am gone the majority of the day and during that time my kids are either in school or at the babysitters house (that part really sucks).

After work I gather them all up from their various locations and then start my busy evening. There’s piano lessons, sports, homework, dinner, shopping, and just about anything that you can think of in between.

It’s like the running never ends.

Want to hear the best part…. My sanity thus far has remained in tact! Are you surprised… especially with a teenager? There are people who say, “I don’t know how you do it!” My answer to them, “I don’t know either!”

My kids are my world though and I would do just about anything for them. Now, don’t get me wrong there are many times that I flat out tell them no on things. There are times that I snap at them and always later wish that I had handled the situation differently. There are times when I’m busy and don’t have as much free time as I’d like to spend with them.

I’m far from being the perfect mom! I swear that I will never win parent of the year award! That’s okay with me. Besides what would my kids have to complain about if I were perfect!

As parents of 1 or 4 or even more we all try to do the best we can with our kids. That’s all we can do really.

I would love to be able to stay home with my kids, volunteer at their schools, take my little guy to the park or on play dates. I can think of a million things that I could do if I was able to stay home with them. But honestly…. We’ve all grown accustomed to a certain lifestyle and without me working we wouldn’t be able to maintain that after paying all the bills!

My family always comes first and my employers know this. They understand, as they’re a very family oriented company. I’ve been able to work from home, go to the kids’ school parties, leave early if I have to, and I’ve even been able to bring one or two of my kids to work with me. I consider myself pretty lucky to have the job that I do.

Being a busy mom requires compromise, hard work, and often times setting things aside. My house isn’t always clean, the laundry isn’t always put away (or all done at once), and sometimes dinner is something fast and easy. But instead, I spend time with my kids and husband.

How do you do manage getting everything done?

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5 Thoughts to “Full-time Job, Full-time Mom To 4, Sanity In Check!”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Jessica Kirby and Jackie Cross, Jackie Cross. Jackie Cross said: Check out my guest post today at The Unemployed Mom!… http://fb.me/IEeNPG24 […]

  2. I don’t know how I get everything done. I think we go into automatic Mommy overdrive and we just do it. There is never enough time in the day to get everything done and that is probably my biggest complaint. Here is to us for being everything to everybody!

  3. Now look at that picture…. you have no idea how difficult it was to get that! And there’s only 1 good one of us too!
    You can’t see it but Andrew spit up on himself that day! I didn’t put his shirt on till the last minute…. and he waited till the last minute to spit up too!

  4. Seriously, there are days (like today) that I question my sanity and I am a SAHM! My kid is on a napping strike (4 days straight now).

    Even as a SAHM, my house is far from perfect, laundry is piled up and sink is filled with dishes. My priority is my son, and when he refuses to nap…well, it doesn’t leave me much time for anything else.

    Being a mom is an exhausting full-time job, I just couldn’t even imagine throwing a full-time job into the mix.

  5. I am a working mom of 4 as well! It is such a comfort to read about people whose situations are similar to mine. I would love to be a SAHM, but finances just don’t permit. I feel like I miss out on a ton of my kids’ lives, but I make up for it the best way I can. There are some things I have found to be lifesavers for a working mom:

    1. Make use of your slow cooker. I can’t tell you how many nights we ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner before I made the investment in my slow cooker.

    2. Organization is key. I keep a binder with tabs for each of the children. This is the only way I stay on top of doctor’s appointments, conferences, and assignments. I just can’t tolerate all that stuff posted to the fridge, only to fall off every time I open the door.

    3. Iron everything during the weekend. It is easy to underestimate how much time ironing can take out of your day until you don’t have to do it in the morning. That actually leaves time to grab a stick of cheese for breakfast.

    I don’t want to suck up Jessica’s blog with tips. 🙂 With planning, anything is possible. Even with 4 kids.

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