It is an exceptionally busy term. If I look at my calendar for too long I feel a very deep sense of panic and somehow I just have to make it all work.
Without a domestic worker to help with the house and the kids.
I had Milcah working with us for 3.5yrs. Never missed a day or ran out of airtime or came to work late. The epitome of loyal and trustworthy.
Apparently not so much. We parted company (on good terms) mid September. I was gutted, she was ashamed and devastated but such is life and now we move on.
I have realised that I do not need help 3 times a week. It was a luxury for us - more to help her financially.
I have managed for this last 3 weeks on my own but it is not sustainable. I will turn into a mad, scary dragon-like crazy lady if forced to do this daily. Just vacuuming and mopping takes most of the morning!
I have found help. Just 4 hours a week to do heavy stuff. She speaks no English which some would find a problem but I choose to see the advantages. I simply showed her what I want done - very basic stuff, nothing personal......This morning she managed to vacuum, mop and iron. And that took 4 hours. Eish.
The kids have been well-trained though - last December we were without help for 2 months and they were taught how to do basic chores and we have kept that momentum. The day-to-day stuff like dishes, laundry, poo-patrol, surfaces, beds etc are all taken care of by them with my assistance at
|Bickering kids get doled out the worst chores!!|
Levi trades tv time for chores - washing windows, sweeping the patio and clearning the car are his favourites. Faith was born helpful so she will do stuff without me even asking (!!!) . This morning she unpacked the dishwasher before school. (again !!!!)
My pre-teen, bless her, has my genes. Bone frikkin' idle; but learning fast that not pulling her weight is going to hurt somewhere, somehow.
The other major change for the kids is that their afternoons are all toasted now. They ALL have to come to every extramural because there is no-one home to watch over them. This is a bummer but with some careful planning, a bit of iniative and a good attitude we can make it work for us.