Juggling responsibilities

Anyone else have issues with this?

I’m a busy mom. All seven of my children live at home. Since there’s NO way I can keep house for this many people alone, I assign chores. They are also responsible for dinner dishes – anything that doesn’t go in the dishwasher. The chores are assigned by month, but dishes I have to change weekly due to two of them working and not always being home for dinner. Chores are always a struggle because, honestly, who likes to clean? Not me, and not my kids.  🙂  But it gets done because I like a dirty house even less than cleaning.

This week I have been working on our school schedule. I have two children scheduled and have started on the third. I think this is the worst part about homeschooling. Every subject is different and so I have to look through each book to figure out how much can be done per day. Multiply that by four children (two oldest still in school will schedule themselves) by three or more subjects and you get a big project. Thankfully it only comes once per year.

Then there’s dinner and laundry and animal care (my horses and chickens, my responsibility LOL). Dinner and animal care are an everyday occurrence. If you’ve read my past blogs, you know dinner is not my favorite thing to do. Hard to get into fixing an elaborate meal when it’s gone in less than twenty minutes or disliked (which is more likely to happen).

Laundry gets washed three times a week, two of those days are usually an all day affair and that doesn’t include the oldest one’s clothes because they do their own.

Then there’s writing. This week it hasn’t had a place in my day. Today I am feeling the need to run away and get some done somewhere. Alas, I’m not sure that’s going to happen.

Okay so as I reread over this post, I realize it sounds a whole lot like complaining, but that’s not my intent. While I may not enjoy certain aspects of my “job,” I do it because I love them. I just need to figure a way to get it all done and do it well and if you have hints about enjoying it, I would love to hear those too.

As always, under HIS wings,



2 thoughts on “Juggling responsibilities

  1. Oh Ginger! I SO know what you’re talking about! We have a dish schedule and a cleaning schedule and I’ve found I can recycle my lesson assignments for the younger boys–a huge time-saver, as you well know.

    The good news? Once the schedules are ironed out, life flows so much easier, which gives cracks of time for writing. 😉

  2. Stuff doesn’t get done in my home. My house is a mess. I’m addicted to the internet and writing and reading. I spend most of my free time doing the above-mentioned things. I don’t like cooking and my cooking is sometimes kind of bland since I have to cut back on the salt used to cook foods because of my high-blood-pressure problem.
    I work full-time (so does my hubby) and my day job is getting more hectic and time-consuming. We have one child and he’s either at school or camp during the day plus he has karate two nights per week. When the house gets really terrible looking that’s when I just stop and do something about it.

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