It's quite challenging with three children all at different stages in life so my daily routine goes a little something like this :
Up at 5am, make breakfast, pack lunch, wake kids up by 6am, dress youngest, feed kids breakfast, wake up oldest by 7am, call cab then out the house and by the daycare by 7:15am, to work by 8am.
My evening commute home is a little less stressful except when there are scheduled events. Like take this week for example, Wednesday was open school night for my 9 year old Jahtiba. I went straight from work and was so pleased at his progress. He received such great comments from teachers regarding his academics, character and personality. Thursday was Student Led Conferences for Jelani my 16 year old, which my mother and brother attended for me because I was just too exhausted and did not want to bring Jabari my 14 month old along due to him being in the toddler stage. :-) And today, "Yay its Friday, oh wait but I'm a mom," 'cause it's another long day ahead due to Jahtiba's first 4-5th grade dance tonight. After work I will escort him back to the school and pick him up later tonight.
Oh and um, Saturday is not a chill day either as all of us mothers know, motherhood takes no breaks, or sick days. So it's another early morning day to get Jahtiba to his Guitar, Taekwondo, and African History classes. On some Saturdays I get my brother to escort him for me which is great so that I can actually relax a bit. But even still there is no such thing as relaxing with a 14 month old!! :-)
In the midst of it all, I am enjoying my children and all of their personalities. On many occasions they make me smile and laugh when I want to cry. I am never alone with them, its always lively and some days are full of fun, laughter and excitement. After all has been said and done when I look back throughout the years I don't know how I've gotten through some of the challenges of motherhood. What I do know is that my strength is coming from a higher power. Even in the midst of constantly doing, complaining about doing, and throwing tantrums, I manage to get things done. But then again "The Village" never fails me either.