I just LOVED this article! This is my life. Although I'm a stay at home mom, I homeschooling our 8,9, & 11 y/os. Then it's football & cheer practices. We leave at 5:30 & make it back home around 8:30. Just this week They changed my youngest's practice time from 7:00-9:00 to 6:00-8:00. So now everyone finishes practices at the same time at least. A few other moms & I take advantage of the outside time & the field and walk a mile or 2 during practice. The only thing is my youngest wants me sitting & watching, so today I'm going to take my 8 lb dumbbells and some nice strength training. That way I'm right there, not missing a single play & I'm getting my ST done before 10:00 pm!
I love the idea of "Deal a Meal." I hate to cook and have never been comfortable in the kitchen so don't usually have in the house what I need to throw something together. Marrying ingredients to the specific meal is a great idea, and I may actually use it!
8/23/2010 9:59:53 PM
I really liked this article. It's one everybody can relate to...I'd love to hear more about the 'Deal a Meal cards she made up. planning my grocery list seems to take forever.
Taimi...you are an inspiration. As a mom now of two young adult children, I remember those times of sitting and watching, and realizing that was not healthy for me. Taking walks with the other moms around the soccer field was a great way to move and to chat. What great ideas!
10/29/2009 9:54:57 AM
Great article Becky Thanks! It brought me back to when my children were young I did the same thing and I have to chuckle at the laundry having 4 girls it was a trip but it worked! Thanks again
I seem to have lost my 'zip' since starting back to school with in-services and so much paperwork once I get home. My kids are grown but I'm feeling time-swamped just like the author! Thanks for a well-needed push.
I have a hard enough time and I don't have kids (and am sterilized)! I have enough on my plate just juggling work/caring for all my animals/craft stuff and working out.
Women that choose to be (good) moms are much braver than I am! I'm darn near 30 and can't even imagine the amount of work raising humans requires. I'll stick with rats. I can lock them in their cage, after all. LOL.
Thanks for the article. I am not a single mom, but my husband works 2nd shift so I have to do all the evening running on my own. I do try to get some exercise (like walking) while this kids are having practice.
Of all the articles i have read, this one hit home the most. I am a single, working (high stress, high level job) with 2 active kids. Add a 3 hour/day commute and it is hard to find time for myself. This article was great. Thanks for the ideas and inspiration.
When the weather turns fair, I too put the bike rack on the van and we load up our bikes when we have scout mtgs, 4-h mtg soccer practices....it gets me and which ever child is NOT in the mtg something to do while we wait, sometimes we'll plan our day so that we leave early enough for everyone to ride before the mtg...I've walked and jogged around the soccer fields too.....I must admit that sometimes I would hord the quiet time in the van with a good book...not get out and socialize with the other parents, or play with the kids...with that said, I have also tried to limit that quiet time, and now we even take a foot ball or frisbees to toss while one of the kids is at soccer......we've even played tether-ball on the playgrounds, basekball etc.....
I saw a woman once who had brought her bike trainer to her son's baseball game. She sat and peddaled her buns off through 7 innings and didn't miss a thing. Boy was I impressed. I run around the fields at my daughter's practice, then we both get our workout and I don't feel resentful.
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