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A day in the life of a working mama

Hey y’all,

As we all know, working or not, parenting is HARD. Since I work all day as a teacher, I’m constantly on the look out for ways to optimize my time, especially with the little time I have with my kids. Between work, grading papers, planning, blogging, working out, and, you know, actually wanting to hang out with my family, it can feel like I have my whole day scheduled out down to the minute. I finally feel like I’ve gotten down my schedule, though, and thought I’d share what a day in the life looks like! Now, disclaimer, I already know some of you are going to be like, “LUCKY! You get off at 4!” and yes, that’s one of the perks of teaching, but just look at that wake up time, will ya? 😉

A day in the life

A day in the life of a working mama

  • 4:45 a.m.: Wake up to work out
  • 5 – 5:30 a.m.: Work out (Usually a 30-minute workout like 21 Day Fix or T-25 in the basement)
  • 5:30 a.m.: Shower, while Mr. R is cooking breakfast and/or prepping lunches (though we usually do this the night before to save time in the morning)
  • 5:45 a.m.: Head downstairs to help Mr. R get ready (sometimes the kids are awake, throwing a real wrench in the morning schedule… it’s hard getting everything ready AND dealing with a still-too-sleepy baby that just wants to cuddle!) “Getting things ready” includes packing lunches, making coffee, packing the diaper bag, taking bags to the car.
  • 6:00 a.m.: Scarf down coffee and breakfast (I am SO spoiled in that Mr. R cooks me a *good* breakfast every single morning!)
  • 6:15 a.m.: Wake the kids up to leave for the day
  • 6:25 a.m.: Head to Mimi’s! (We are blessed in that my mother-in-law keeps the kids 4 days a week and then my dad keeps them once a week!) This is essentially the only time I get with the kiddos in the morning, which really kills me, but I know they need the sleep in the mornings!
  • 6:40 a.m.: Drop off, hugs, and kisses, head to work. How do I not cry dropping these faces off every morning?

A day in the life

  • 7:15 a.m.: Arrive at work, prep materials, grade papers, plan, make copies etc. before school starts. I’ve always liked to get to work an hour before school starts because I’d much rather prep in the mornings than afternoons. As soon as the afternoon bell rings, I’m done, which helps me leave on time. However, twice a week we have 7:30 meetings so those days are a wash.
  • 8:15 – 11:00 a.m.: First block. We are departmentalized in 5th grade, and I teach Language Arts, so I have two classes of kiddos and two 2-hour blocks
  • 11:00 a.m.: 15 minutes of quiet to scarf down my food a.k.a. LUNCH!
  • 11:30 – 1:40: 2nd block
  • 1:40 p.m.: Recess! We all get some fresh air!
  • 2:20 p.m.: Planning period. The only other time that I have to prep stuff, plan, check my email, etc. Twice a week we have a meeting at this time but the rest of the week, these 40 minutes are golden.
  • 3:10 – 3:40 p.m.: Dismissal
  • 4 p.m.: WE OUT!! Like I said, I usually don’t like to stay late unless I have a meeting, otherwise I’m rushing to see the kids for essentially the first time that day. BUT, this year, I am teaching after school tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 5:15, and on Wednesdays I have a yoga club till 5. So let’s just pretend this is a Monday 😉
  • 4:30 p.m.: Pick up the kids! Woo hoo! They love staying with Mimi, and as soon as I pick them up, Anissa always has lots of stories for me.
  • 5:15 p.m.: Arrive home. Usually, Mr. R will either be cooking or have dinner on the table (I know, I know, dream come true!) Then it’s dishes and prep lunches for the next day. I’m going to do a whole post on how we prep our food, but Mr. R is reeeealllly good about prepping and cooking all of the food we’ll eat for lunch that week, so “prepping lunches” is really just putting them in the correct containers or packing up leftovers.
  • 5:45 p.m.: After dinner, we’ll usually do an activity of some sort together, like walk to the park (we try to go 2-3 times per week), watch a movie together, or just play with the kids. Besides eating together (which we do, every night, at the table together), this is really the only other “hang out” time we get with the kids.


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  • 7:00 p.m.: Bath time! This is the kids’ favorite time! They love our whirlpool bathtub and would probably want to live in it if they could!

  • 7:30 – 7:45 p.m.: Tino’s bedtime. I usually get him out of the bath and dressed, while Mr. R gets Anissa dressed. Then, I take him to his room, give him his milk, and put him down (usually about 15 minutes). By the time I get back, Anissa’s having her medicines before bed (thanks, asthma!)
  • 8 p.m.: Anissa and Mr. R watch a movie, while I sneak downstairs to blog. I hate this, but Anissa likes to lay with us to fall asleep, and usually, Mr. R falls asleep before she does. She likes for me to lay with her, too, and of course I want to, but this is really the first time I have all day to blog, so I try to sneak down and do a little before I crash.
  • 9:30 p.m.: Head upstairs to get ready for bed, and they are both usually passed out. Pick out my clothes for the next day, and lay out workout clothes.
  • 10 p.m.: PASS OUT! Gotta be up at 4:45 a.m. to start it all over again!

A Day In the Life of a Working Mama

So tell me, what does your day look like? Is it pretty similar or completely opposite? I’m so interested to find out!




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  • Reply
    Jasmine Jeffries
    February 28, 2017 at 2:29 am

    Here go nothing! If we were using a Venn Diagram I think we would have something in all 3 circles but for the most part I think it’s completely different!

    5:20AM: I wake up and have some alone time rather it be used for reading, praying, social networking, bathroom time lol!

    5:40AM I shower and get ready for work

    6:10AM I wake up Jeremiah (8yr old) and Khinley (2 year old) . I take Khinley downstairs and fight to get her dressed and just maybe she will let me fix her hair.

    6:30AM I wake up baby #3 KJ (3 yr old) bring him downstairs and fight him to use the potty and then get dressed

    6:50AM Grab and go breakfast (muffins, cereal in a bag, honey bun, pop tart, whatever the heck they want at this point so we can get out the house).

    7:00AM Everyone is loaded and headed to daycare

    7:10AM unload both babies and take them in, Khinley goes into her class like a champ whereas KJ cries like someone is killing him and he’s now been at this daycare for over a month. However they have an awesome day one they calm down!

    7:15AM QT Time to get my coffee and muffin and then head to work

    7:25 Arrive at work

    7:30-3:40 The Life of an Interrelated Resource Teacher is one crazy day! All over the place between Collaborative Classes and Pull Out Classes…..Then the ultimate BUS DUTY at the end of the day!

    4:00-5:30 Either ESY or ELT both after school programs!

    5:30: off to the Boys and Girls Club to pick up Jeremiah

    5:45: Picking up the 2 babies from daycare

    Mon, Tues,Thurs: 6:00 headed to find something to eat becasue we have church at 7 on Mon and Thurs and Tuesday Jeremiah is involved in a mentoring program at church. We usually have Wendy’s, McDonalds, or Pizza on these days and most times we stiff our face in the car.

    7:00-8:30 Church

    8:30 head home

    9:00 Get home and either we do wash ups or baths ( we alternate between days) 8 year old showers every night lol!

    9:30 Hopefully we are in the bed

    10:00 At least 2 of the kids are sleep

    10:30 ok by now everyone is usually sleep

    10:30: I sit in my bed and look up! Sigh of relief but also a moment of thanks, usually a moment combined with many emotions but at the end of the day I wouldn’t trade my babies for anything.

    On the days we don’t have church I come home and cook dinner (most of the time) . My sister in law and I try and alternate dinner days to help each other out!!!

    So there you have it! My weekdays are CRAZY!! Irish twins and an 8 year old!!! Thankfully I have a village that’s willing to help out whenever I need it

    • Reply
      February 28, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know you wouldn’t trade those three precious babies for anything and you are doing an amazing job with them!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Sandy tom
    February 28, 2017 at 5:46 am

    So true…. I m mom if 2 lil ones and working…. We need 48 hrs in a day to manage things.. lol… But i can very well understand.

  • Reply
    February 28, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    I’m just super impressed you get up that early and excersize! When I was working I did really well for like six months of doing that and I was in such great shape…then it was just too much….maybe this is the motivation I need!

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    Erin Nichols
    February 28, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Wow, you are dedicated and certainly inspiring. I’m a work from home mom, so I’m up early, guzzling coffee, and hitting the computer before the kids wake up. Then it’s go-go-go until nap time when I get in a workout. Cheers to busy moms!

  • Reply
    February 28, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    I remember having to be a first time mom and also working full time. My schedule was so hectic! It was so worth it though 🙂

  • Reply
    Harmony,Momma To Go
    February 28, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    So impressed you get up early to workout you have a long day of teaching!

  • Reply
    February 28, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    I’m in awe of all that you do.

  • Reply
    Elizabeth Brico
    February 28, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Wow you are a busy mama! I can’t imagine getting up that early…I get up at 7:30 and that feels like too early! You are lucky though to have yummy meals cooked for you; my husband is usually working evenings cooking yummy meals for other people:( Beautiful family Mama!

  • Reply
    Lindsey Renee
    March 1, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Wow! The act I can get up that early and workout is amazing!I tried that but kept hitting snooze! It amazes me how you full time working mom’s so life- you all serious ouf like super mom’s! As a nurse I don’t have to work everyday, so I’m grateful for that even though it makes for long days! Keep up amazing way your blessing your kids!

  • Reply
    March 1, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Wow! You have a very complicated schedule! I thought things in my household were all cramped And I never had time to myself but you mama…are a true blessings and a wonderful mother

  • Reply
    March 1, 2017 at 1:07 am

    My day looks very similar only my hubby doesn’t cook at all!!!

  • Reply
    Shan Walker
    March 1, 2017 at 1:41 am

    I am obsessed with reading other working mamas schedules! Thanks for this.

    The How-to Guru

  • Reply
    March 1, 2017 at 2:31 am

    I need to do a post like this – our schedule is similar, but I CANNOT wake up early to work out. It just doesn’t happen.

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    Kim Amy
    March 1, 2017 at 2:56 am

    I totally agree with the kids getting up when you just want to get a start on the day. Love it when they sleep in until 6:00 am.

  • Reply
    Kelley Hays
    March 1, 2017 at 3:25 am

    Wow! I loved reading through this post!! And girl, I don’t know how you do it. It would be very, very difficult for me to get up that early every morning. I get up once a week at 5:50 to make it to a 6:30 Bible study and that about kills me LOL.

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    March 1, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Wow! You really don’t get much time during the week to spend with your kids or even hubby as much as you would want. But what I liked is that you guys try and make the most of what you get together. Like dinner time or park visits. Well done you.

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