Wow. Managing family, work, and elected office is quite the whirlwind. My son has just started kindergarten and I think it’s fair to say I’m a little overwhelmed. And my head is spinning just thinking about how it only gets busier from here. More homework, more practices, more activities, and then I’m going to add my daughter into the mix. I am quickly discovering that Kindergarten is as much a foundation year for children as it is for parents.

The old saying, ‘it takes a village’ is so true, but I would also add a smart phone. Thank goodness for that little device. It’s a multitasker’s dream. It houses my calendar, which serves as a to do list, all of my babysitters via text, work emails and personal emails, social media, the news, directions, not to mention allowing for impromptu dance parties and help with random questions from my kids.

As with all phases, I will adjust to the new normal of work weeks that are jammed packed. I do recognize how fortunate I am and am grateful for the many supports I have available to me, which does help alleviate a large part of the stress. I am also aware of how fast time goes, and am giving myself the space to enjoy this time and to take it all in, but sheesh, there is a lot to keep track of.

So, when I am completely overwhelmed and can’t imagine how we will get everything done, I think of something someone told me when my son was potty training. As we struggled to get my son to poop in the toilet and felt like his constipation would torture us forever, I was told, “you don’t see any 30 year olds walking around in diapers, do you?” That comment makes me laugh and brings me comfort. In the end, life is too short to spend freaking out. For now, I will continue to clutch my phone, take deep breaths, and try to ensure my kids are happy, healthy and ready to learn.

But, if you should happen to see me and I’m talking to myself or rapidly typing into my phone, I apologize, I’m just attempting not to mix up a pick-up or end up in the wrong location. Good luck parents!

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