"I don’t know why she tries to do it all"

Last year I laughed my butt off, while watching the Sarah Jessica Parker movie “I Don’t Know How She Does It”! Watching her run around trying to accomplish everything for her career, kids, husband and appear to have it all together…was exhausting. There were some things I could relate to: the laying in bed and can’t sleep because you are thinking of all the things you need to get done, the idea of keeping with all of the other moms, the checking on your kids in the middle of the night…well, we can relate as moms!

I started thinking about this movie this last week, because I am trying to do everything and my husband thinks I’m crazy. It all started when I was getting ready to sign up the Boy for preschool (last year’s preschool wanted him to participate all day for 3 days a week, since it is a heavier load…too much money!), I was looking through our city’s parks and recreation courses for the fall and found a ton of activities for preschoolers! Karate, science club, soccer, cooking, arts and crafts….well I got to thinking that I could enroll him in a bunch of classes and do the education part at home. 1 hour four days a week and he would have more one on one time learning. He would get his “socialization” through the city’s classes and I would still save money!

So I presented the idea to Mr. English…it did not go over that well!

His concern was that I was taking on too much, with coaching my daughter’s soccer team, working our business, volunteering at the elementary school and not to mention I just applied to become a Brownie troop leader:) His main concern is that the house won’t be clean (laundry, dishes, etc. not Better Homes and Gardens status). I joked that it doesn’t get done anyway, so it won’t make a difference :)!

I bugged him about it for quite awhile, until we (I) decided to do a trial run. Worst case scenario, it is not an ideal experience and I enroll him in preschool after Christmas. I think the issue will be more about not really have time to myself, but the truth is he starts kindergarten next year and I will have plenty of time for me! So Mr. English…the house will be clean next year:)

I realize that all of this is very ambitious, especially for a procrastinator, but today when someone asked if he liked his school….he said “I love my teacher”! Aww, melt my heart!

My question today is: How much is too much for us moms?

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2 responses to “"I don’t know why she tries to do it all"

  1. Sounds like a conversation in my household.
    The things you want too do would sound like too much f you didn't sound excited to do them. I think Mom's have hit their limit when they can no longer see the joy and excitement in the daily activites that are above and beyond what you could pay someone else to do or what seems like the easy way out.
    I recently questioned my own sanity when I decided to participate in skyler's play while working full time and doing all of the other things I do. Yes I was tired and no, I won't do it every time, but it was all worth it for the memories! I wouldn't go back on that choice, ever.
    I wish I had the ability to do the things you can do for your kids and if it's his last year in preschool, enjoy it! You can't get that time back.

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