As my children grow older I am finding that this is certainly not the case. There is more to juggle now than ever before!
And this is what led to my eventual decision to leave my full time career and focus on my family (read more here). After 12 months, my daughter had lost her way and was screaming out for help, and quite frankly so had I. She needed me now more than ever before.
We are now a few weeks into the start of the school year. I always find it takes a little while to settle into the new school routine and we make adjustments to extra-curricular activities to find the right balance.
Even though I have fabulous support from family, I still found school hours quite prohibitive to working full time. Not to mention the juggling act of after school activities, play dates and the like.
But since making the huge decision to ditch my job and stay at home, I finally feel like I have some breathing space. Some time to walk in the door after school drop off, enjoy a coffee and remember that I need some time for myself too. It also provides a perfect opportunity to use the skills and experience I have gained over the past 15 years to work from home and develop my blog and freelance writing career.
As the years fly by, I find the emotional needs of my children are growing at an even faster rate. In the past, others may have been able to console my children’s fears or problems, but now I find Miss Nine is far more selective as to who she opens up to if she’s had a bad day at school or issues with her friends. Namely me. And that’s totally understandable.
A friend recently said to me: “Little children, little problems – big children, big problems”. And I’m finding this so very true.
As Miss 9 grows into a teenager I think it will be more important than ever just to be there when she needs me for advice or even just an afternoon out window shopping to forget about a bad day and have a girly chat. Hey, I think I will benefit from that too!
With my youngest starting school this year and baby #3 due in March it has cemented my decision. I’m really looking forward to spending some one on one time with bubs while my two girls are at school. But most of all, I feel grateful for this opportunity and the exciting times that lie ahead.
How do you find the juggle of motherhood, working, school and activities? Did you find life got harder or easier as your children got older?