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Why am I constantly trying to do it all?

Admittedly, I created a problem for myself.  I tend to over commit to everything.  I so badly want to be involved in all of the activities the princess wants to do.  I want to be there for Girl Scouts and dance, and I would love to be the room mom at school. But, the reality is that I can’t do those things and still balance being a woman, a friend, a companion and an employee.  

So, when a “great opportunity” for the dance team came up to perform recently, I signed up to chaperon. What I failed to consider, as usual, is that the great opportunity would be on one of my only days available to catch up on all of the things that pile up over the week.  Laundry is still piling up, the furniture is still dusty, I desperately need to clean out my closet. And, yet I spent an entire day at the State Fair Grounds to watch the princess dance for 3 minutes.  

Now, let it be known that I love to watch the princess dance.  It brings me great joy to see her happy and doing something that she enjoys.  I very rarely complain about dropping her off at practice 3 times a week.  I don’t generally complain about the big performances during the year.  I don’t mind the 4 hours of recital in December or June.  I don’t even mind the 4 weekends of competition in the spring.  I gladly pack up the dance gear and a lunch and sit with a book between dance numbers.

But, this  “great opportunity” came at a time when I need every minute I can find to put my life back in order.  I need to find a place of balance before the chaos of the holidays kicks off.  I need to feel rested and ready to face the week ahead of me at work.  So, I could have let the princess go to the event with the other chaperons and used the time for myself.  Yet, here we go again.  I’ll be the one in the front row with the camera.  I’ll also be the one with the clothes that need ironed, lunches that need packed and the dust on the furniture.  

Maybe I’ll skip the next one…

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My name is Mom. I live in Fairy Tale Land with a Pirate, a Fairy and the Princess. My job duties include: head cook, Chief Executive of Laundry Operations, Vacuum Maintenance Engineer, Chief of Picking up Random objects and Primary Sherpa. I spend a great deal of time carrying sparkly, sequined, glitter covered tutus and miscellaneous dance shoes for the Princess. I long for moments of quiet and a mani/pedi. Trying to strike a balance between being a grown up and being a good mom. FairyTaleMom tagged this post with: , , Read 52 articles by

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  1. Graceslick91 says:

    Nah… you won’t skip the next one either. LOL

    Our family over commits too. My girls are in dance (2 different ones for each girl), soccer, church events, lego robotics, other school teams/clubs… yes, our list is long too.

    Our family is so busy that the girls only get to do the recitals… competitions and other events always seem to conflict with the other things they have going on in their lives. But I so hear you on the Need and Want to chaperone.

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