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Supermom 101- Starting Up and Setting the Pace

I'm a supermom

In the last installment of Supermom 101 I wrote about my reflection on being a  busy mum and how I used various apps to help schedule in all the various appointment and reminders which I need. This week I’ll be sharing with you a typical day at our house and how I tie in blogging and personal time into my busy schedule.

My three kids

Taking care of the three of them is no easy task.  All of them are hyper bunnies and once they start playing together they can certainly get pretty wild and sometimes play can get rather out of hand. It takes a firm hand to make sure that the kids toe the line and complete their daily routines/ tasks.

Here is the lists of task that I have to do daily.

Morning Tasks

#1– wake up, check my e-mails and set the list to do online be it new blog posts, reviews, hops or social media channels which I need to make my “rounds” in.( This is my me time too  before everyone wakes up)

#2- Breakfast is set and the kids are woken up. They are supervised in getting dressed, having their breakfast and  being ready for school.

#3– put the clothes to wash and take down the clothes that are already dry from the laundry area. Fold and keep the clean clothes away. Monkey boy and Tiger girl will help in keeping the clothes.

#4– prepare lunch for Monkey boy and tutor him/ check his homework before he leaves for school.

Monkey boy is in P2 this year so my focus is on building up his comprehension and composition skills for both English and Mandarin. He also learns the piano so I monitor and guide him in his preparation for the Grade 2 exam which he is taking this year.

#5– Car run sending Doggie boy to school and HB to work, grocery shopping.

Afternoon Tasks

#6- Complete blogging tasks, readings and other online work.

#7- Teach  Tiger Girl and finish the rest of the household chores ( I get my me time if and when she naps in the afternoon)

Tiger girl is currently 21 months old and we are going through the letters of the alphabets, flashcards of  in both English and Mandarin  of common household objects. She is speaking in 3 -4 word sentences and I’m slowly building up her vocabulary.

#8- Prepare and cook dinner before fetching Doggie boy and R home.
#9- Meet up with R or friends for lunch/dates on scheduled dates.

Evening Tasks

#10-Teaching Doggie boy and supervising Monkey boy doing his homework for the day.

Doggie boy is in K2 this year so my emphasis with him is to get him ready for P1 next year. I’m brushing up on his vocabulary and comprehension skills in both English and Mandarin.

#11- Bedtime story reading with all the kids  and  games if there is the time.

#12- Me Time/Couple Time

 

How does your daily routine look like?

In the next installment I will talk about how to maintain focus and rhythm as a busy mom.

 

 

Posts on this series

Supermom 101- My Personal Reflections

– Supermom 101- Starting up and Setting the Pace

Supermom 101- How to Maintain Focus and Rhythm

 

 

Supermom 101 – My Personal Reflections

I'm a supermom

How many  people do you know who are a supermom?  What is a definition of a supermom?  Every person definition defers based on their personal knowledge and perception.

Supermom: – an exemplary mother; also : a woman who performs the traditional duties of housekeeping and child-rearing while also having a full-time job ( Taken from Merriam Webster Online dictionary)

I personally do not classify myself as a  supermom even though many friends of mine frequently refer to me as one.

I believe that every mom is super as she is able to cope to the best of her ability in any given situation. A mom is one who is resilient and able to adapt to constant changes in her environment.

This week I have been reading a lot about Supermom’s over at the SMB Facebook wall and how most women struggle to keep everything together.

It is not easy being a working mother, main care giver and household manager all in one.

Many ladies have asked me how I manage to do it all- kids, family, house and work  from home at the same time.I certainly don’t claim to know all the answers to be able to handle the kids, household and also hold down a job at the same time .

It has been a struggle for me at times however I’m still doing the best that I can and will continue to give it my best in balancing everything. The dynamics of every family is different and each one’s capability, tolerance level and resources will also vary.

It has taken awhile for me to fine my balance and a routine which would compromise the needs of  anyone in the family.  R and I have agreed on before we had kids that he would be the main breadwinner while I focus my energies on the kids and family. However given the fact the no job is an iron rice bowl I feel that it is necessary for me to continue supplementing the family income even though I am home with the kids.

What’s your secret? How do you manage to do it all?

Scheduling and setting my goals and plans have helped me function. I’ve set my resolutions for 2012 and do monthly goals for each month. I also set up to-do list to be  done with each  child both academically and non-academic related.

I use Google calandar and Sticky notes for all blogging related tasks and assignments.

The kids appointments/ test dates are set using the Reminder Fox Add On which I have on my Firefox web browser on my laptop. Important appointments are also sync into my HTC phone with the necessary alarm reminders.  All these apps help me keep on top of things and help me remember all the necessary things which I do need to remember.

Having kids of different ages from 8 to 1 yrs old there is a lot of juggling to be done regarding coaching them in age appropriate activities. I try to make a point to have one-to-one interaction with my 3 kids so I can focus on their areas of need. At present  I focus on Monkey boy  in the morning before he goes to school, Tiger girl in the afternoon when both her brothers are away and Monkey boy in the evening when he comes back from home.  I schedule lunches with R during the weekday if his work schedule permits so I can spend more time with him as he too needs my attention.

How then do I schedule in blogging and personal time for myself?  I let you in on a typical “workday” for me in a subsequent post. 🙂

 

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Supermom 101- Starting Up and Setting the Pace

Posts on this series

Supermom 101- My Personal Reflections

– Supermom 101- Starting up and Setting the Pace

Supermom 101- How to Maintain Focus and Rhythm