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Help! I need your tips on tackling the scramble!

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The scramble. The juggle. Mad Life...it goes by many different names but doesn't matter what you call it, the majority of us are living it (hopefully today, we are all taking the time away from it and enjoying the merry merry hohos!?). But think about it: the constant speed for many of us is "rush mode." Every mom I talk with says a similar thing: "We are always on the go - when do we ever get some downtime?" Soccer games, homework, piano lessons, work projects, deadlines, birthdays, holidays...it is never-ending.

Which is something we can rationally say, "Hey! It is too much...there will always be something, so SLOW DOWN!" But we never do, for some reason. Do all of the things we are doing bring us happiness? Eh, I'm not so sure, but some we have to do, I know. Ilike what Joanie says, how we need to be at work when we are at work, but when we are at home or doing something else, be doing THAT.

Among his many jobs, my husband teaches acting. There is a huge part of his work that involves getting his students to remember to "stay in the moment," to not think about what they should do in the scene, but to react in the moment, in the here and the now. This is something that I try to remember in my daily scramble, and something that I try to teach my kiddo. Even if our day is jammed, be present and focus and take deep breaths in what you are doing in that.one.moment.

But this all doesn't change the fact that we are all overbooked. I've tried more and more to work into our calendar some scheduled downtime, even if it is just two hours on the weekend where we do nothing. But I still feel rushed a lot of the time, feel I may be missing moments. 

What do you do? How is your scramble...and how do you tackle it? Share your tips!

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by on Dec. 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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KristinRox
by Bronze Member on Dec. 27, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Thankfully my dh is just as involved in our kids life as I am. We do things together. It makes the scramble, not so scrambled. 

KristinRox
by Bronze Member on Dec. 27, 2012 at 8:57 PM
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Mine too. Cafemom is a God send! 

Quoting dusky_rose:

Going on Cafemom is my down time, where I can actually sit down, relax and get some adult time.


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RobynS
by Silver Member on Dec. 27, 2012 at 10:30 PM

I have a very detailed calendar with different colors of highlighters for different types of events. And I'm kinda lucky... DS isn't in any sports at the moment (just scouts). DD is too young for sports, too. I know it could all get so much crazier as they get older...

Kmakksmom
by on Dec. 28, 2012 at 1:31 AM

I just don't scramble!

GwenMB
by Bronze Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 11:01 AM


Quoting Wynn0809:

I'm not on the go go go so much as I'm always moving... I have learned to like my coffee cold not hot bc having a toddler and a 5mth old does nt allow for me to drink it hot,,I can't wait for them to be self player so mommy can have 10min to just drink coffee!!

I've been where you are (my boys are 20 months apart) and it does get so much easier as they are older!  I do miss some parts of the stage you're in (like snuggly babies & toddlers), but it is so nice to have 10 minutes to enjoy my cappuccino without it getting cold.

GwenMB
by Bronze Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM


Quoting sandbuster:

I try to take 10 minutes in the morning before we leave that is just my time. Then at night I try to make sure we do bible study and read every night, that is "our time" as a family. 

This is such a good idea.  How do you get the 10 minutes - is it before the kids wake up?  What Bible study are you doing with your kids?

sandbuster
by Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM


Quoting GwenMB:


Quoting sandbuster:

I try to take 10 minutes in the morning before we leave that is just my time. Then at night I try to make sure we do bible study and read every night, that is "our time" as a family. 

This is such a good idea.  How do you get the 10 minutes - is it before the kids wake up?  What Bible study are you doing with your kids?

Yes, I get up at 6 and then wake my son up between 6:10 and 6:15 on days I work. Our friend picks up about 6:40 every morning. We are doing a boy's bible study that goes for a year. I am having so much fun with it that even though he is gone right now at his dads I am still doing it.


O.k. I am home now, lol. The name of our book is The One Year Devotions For Boys.

copperswifey
by Bronze Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 7:25 PM
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when life gives you scramble you make scrambled eggs out it lol I just try to tackle one day at a time. :)

Bmat
by Bronze Member on Dec. 29, 2012 at 4:15 PM

I have learned to say no, and to cut back.

tayanddyl
by Member on Dec. 30, 2012 at 12:03 AM
I need to be more organized, can't offer any tips, sorry
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