The answer: I DON'T!
Seriously, I am frequently asked how I manage to keep sane with all that our little family has going on. Right now I have 2kiddos in different settings (1 in daycare and 1 in preschool), I just moved and am STILL unpacking, no one in my house sleeps through the night anymore (cue the tears), our toddler is switching gymnastics classes right now and while she finishes 1 class she has already started a new class which means we are currently experiencing not one but TWO nights of toddler gymnastics AND my husband and I both work full-time.
Did I mention that I have my own hobbies? On top of all of the commitments that I have for just my family, I am committed to finding time for myself. I have my blog, which you are currently reading, and my friends. I don't get out very often BUT I aim for at least twice a month where I go somewhere WITHOUT my children and simply see myself as someone other than a mother. I even make it a point to only bring up my girls 1-2 times MAX (and if you have your own children, you know how hard this can be).
So how do I manage to not lose it? I truly do just the opposite...I lose it. No one is person and no one will ever BE perfect. About once a week I get burnt out or stressed... I mean, I am only human! I don't think it is how you manage it all though, it's all about how you deal with it.
Allow Yourself to Have a "Good Cry"
As women we know all about what it means to have a good cry; don't you just feel so refreshed?
Vent to Friends
I also vent to friends about what is stressful and when I hear that they are also struggling I feel better just knowing that I am not alone.
Another thing I do is converse with my husband. He is the father of my children and struggling with me through the constant commitments. We work together and find ways to support each other. Just last week I was in need of some commitment-free time so my husband handled gymnastics with our 2 girls and I headed out for some alone-time.
And, the Obvious, Time Management is Key
I have my work calendar and my personal life calendar all synced to my phone so I can see what is happening and know ahead of time as there is nothing more that I hate than to find out about events last minute. This year, I also started a hand-written calendar that I can open up and see the entire month in one look; this helps me know instantly if I am available for something or if I have a prior commitment.
Everyone has their own tricks, but these are what work for me. How do you manage the crazy game of life?