Through my years of teaching, I’ve seen all kinds of parents and students from all walks of life come into swim lessons. Sometimes, unfortunately, I hear a child tell me they don’t like being in lessons and I always ask them why. Some answers I’ve heard include: “I don’t care about it anymore”, “It’s not fun”, “I know how to swim, why should I stay in longer?”
Early this morning, as I rolled over to hit the snooze button for the last time (yes, I am that person, don't judge), a fleeting moment of doubt crossed my mind; am I doing too much?
I’m very blessed to have a flexible job that understands that emergencies happen and sometimes you just have to pick up your things and go get your kids from the babysitters and work from home.
When I grew up, my Mom stayed at home until I was five when we moved to a new house across town. I have two sisters, my older sister who is 2 years older than me and I also have a twin sister. Needless to say we were a busy house. We started going to a local day care center for about a year after we moved in and then our neighbor started watching us after school until my Mom got home from work. She had four kids of her own which made for a lot of fun afternoons. I never questioned how things got done around our house, they just did. Now that I am a Mom, and I work full time, I now know how things get done. Through our community, a village.
When I had my son everyone, including our pediatrician, warned me about the witching hour. That glorious time of day where your newborn is fussy and it is nearly impossible to console, let alone get anything done because you are wearing holes in the hallway or doing squats while singing. Really, doing whatever it takes to keep your baby from crying, counting the minutes until your husband gets home and takes over while you cook dinner. As the witching hour phase passed we entered a new phase, the phase no one warned me about! For me, it was a much less enjoyable stage - the one where my husband and I were both back to work… and someone still had to make dinner.