How Do You Juggle Your Child’s School Schedule as a Working Mom?

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I came across this post by Rebecca Eckler on Mommyish the other day. It’s poignant, honest, and the frustration is palpable. It caught my attention because I was just talking to my coworker about this very thing. My daughter is only a year old, so I’m not yet juggling a school schedule, but I see many of my colleagues do it on a daily basis and am in awe. From my observations, this article is not at all overstated—it’s HARD. . .and I can’t say I’m looking forward to it.

I’d love to know what company would be willing to accommodate the kinds of demands that are placed on parents these days by schools and (let’s be honest) by our children themselves. I don’t mean to say that schools necessarily require parents to attend daytime activities and events (though some may), but who wants her kid to be the only one without a parent there for the school concert or the science fair or whatever?  Trust me, working moms feel guilty enough as it is without this added bonus! (And why these events aren’t being held after at least 4:30 p.m. is beyond me and another subject entirely.)

If you have school-aged children, do you find that their school(s) hosts daytime events on a regular basis? If so, and you’re a working mom, how do you manage it?

I’m truly curious—I feel like I should take notes or something to make my life easier when the time comes!

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I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and colleague. And trying to balance all of those roles at once can be utterly exhausting. Being the Type A control freak that I am, I try to run my life like a well-oiled machine. But sometimes the wheels get a bit squeaky (or just fly off completely, let's be honest). I have to slow down (yeah right, I know), give the different parts of my life a little tune-up and get back on the road.

2 Responses to How Do You Juggle Your Child’s School Schedule as a Working Mom?

  1. Karen Haddon says:

    Every mom is a juggler. I am home with my kids, and still have the same problem. How am I supposed to go in to volunteer in the room or see the Thanksgiving play when I have kids NOT in school yet at home with me? There was an option when the year started for parents who wouldn’t be able to come in to volunteer, to do at-home projects instead. I appreciated that, since I can’t be in the classroom. Sure, there are other things at the end of my “work” day at 10 pm I rather do than cut 500 books out, but at least I can help in some way. The teacher is a working mom herself, so I feel that she understands the demands on any parent, more than say, a 24 yr old single gal might. :)

    Also I’ll add that my mom had 4 kids and worked full time my whole life. Even though there were times she couldn’t be at things, I know she tried her hardest to come when she could, and I always admired her for making me a priority. It also forced my dad to be more active in our activities! Maybe a blessing in disguise.

    • mommachine says:

      Karen, that’s so true. I didn’t even think about having other little ones at home, probably because I only have one to worry about right now! That is great that the boys’ school has other volunteer options for parents that can’t participate in daytime things. I hope every school has something similar. And you’re right, most teachers are working parents themselves and so should understand the demands. My mom also worked full time (and was a single parent for 6 of my school years), and I am just amazed at how she managed to be at all of our soccer games, help with homework, etc. Luckily, my dad was also really involved- I don’t know that she could have done it without him!