Monday, April 19, 2010

Mama Guilt Monday

It's time for another edition of Mama Guilt Monday with Cop Mama. Head on over to her blog to read what others had to say about their Mama Guilt today and link up a post of your own.
Mama Guilt Mondays

This week's prompt is:
Balancing Blogging & Being a Mom

I have been struggling with this lately. Trying to find the time to read the blogs I follow, enter giveaways, leave comments on other blogs, write posts, load pictures, link up on blog hops...while still being there for my kids is tricky. It's especially hard during the day when the girls are at school and it's just Landon and I at home. Landon is content to sit in front of the computer or TV as long as I'll let him and entertain himself. If I'm not careful, I'll sit down to work on a blog post or catch up on my reading and before I know it, and hour has past or even longer. I feel really guilty then that Landon has been with the electronic babysitter all that time.

I've tried staying up later after the kids have gone to bed and getting my posts for the next day ready so that all I have to do is link them up the next day. By the end of the day, though, I am too tired to put together a coherent thought most days. So, my new goal is to get up early and get the posts ready for the day. Then, when the linkys appear, I will be ready to go. I used to get up at 4:00am when I was working and I really got a lot accomplished during the time before everyone else got up. It's much easier for me with no distractions. I started last week, setting my alarm for 6:00am instead of 6:15. If nothing else, it helped my attitude a lot to start the day with a few minutes to myself.

This week, I am going to set the alarm for 5:45am. I can use that time to catch up on e-mail and blog reading before the kids get up. If I can't get a post written during that time, I can at least get a start on ideas going so it won't take so long when I do sit down to write.

Another thing that I am going to do this week is to go back to eating lunch at the table with Landon. He always asks if he can eat in the living room and watch TV. Lately, I've been letting him because 1)he eats more when he's watching TV (he takes meds for ADHD which affect his appetite, so I will do anything to get him to eat something). 2)he is usually finished eating his lunch by the time I get mine made and then I end up eating at the table by myself anyway. 3) If he's occupied, I have time to work on blog stuff. My goal for this week is to eat lunch at the table together at least 3 days.

I can't wait to read how other moms handle balancing between blogging and kids! I know I'm going to get some great ideas!


Krajcimama said...

Just out of curiosity, what time to you go to bed? I think my bedtime is WAY too late - in part due to the fact that I have twins who are 7 months old and not going to sleep on a schedule yet...but also because I do stay up too late having my time.

I think it would be a great thing for me to change during the summer months when I won't be teaching...I teach preschool 2 days a week (Tues/Thurs).

Anyway...just wondered what bedtime gives you enough energy to get up at 6 am if you don't have to? I could really use that! :)

Sara said...

I hope you have a great week and I hope the early morning works. It is so hard somedays to balance blogging and being a mommy.
Have a wonderful week!

Cop Mama said...

I have the same similar time constraints. I either try blogging in the morning before work or in the evening after the kids are in bed. It's a challenge, that's for sure!

Thanks for linking up and sharing YOUR story!

Rebecca said...

Wow you are so brave to wake up that early. Sounds like you have a good plan in the works. Hopping via The Blessings of Modern Domestication Mama Guilt Mondays. Cheers!