... I’m a mom and step-mom to five kids, ages 1 to 14. I work full-time outside the home (as a newspaper editor), full-time inside the home (cooking, cleaning, laundry, laundry, laundry), and part-time on the side (writing, mostly).
The question I hear most often (other than “Are all of those kids yours?”) is “How do you get it all done?”
Honestly, I don’t know. House elves?
It doesn’t always all get done, really. I don’t have a staff of nannies and housekeepers at my disposal. The laundry sometimes waits, clean and folded (or not), for weeks in a corner of our room. The dust bunnies coalesce into herds under the beds and taunt the dog. If the baby finds a piece of cereal on the kitchen floor, I’m inclined to just let him eat it because it’s technically a food product and a little dirt builds up the immune system, right? ... [More]
Read the rest at The 36-Hour Day and, while you're at it, check out the Work It, Mom! site in general. It's a great resource for those who are working outside the home or inside the home; full-time or part-time; in an office or as a freelancer; holding on to their careers with both hands or taking a break to raise their kids; wondering about how to leave the workforce or about how to get back in. In short: Everyone.