I have a family of six, so to say that my life gets chaotic is putting it very kindly.
- I typically operate on 6 different schedules all of the time because everyone’s needs and demands are completely different.
Most of the time I don’t mind accommodating my husband and my kids because I want everyone to feel loved and cared for. Sometimes it does get pretty overwhelming and draining though. Last week our air conditioner broke, and it could not have happened at the worst time. Not only are we in the middle of a heat wave, but the cost to replace an air conditioner is exponentially higher than it typically would be due to the season. With summer camps and vacations, shelling out money to replace and install an entirely new air conditioning system was not a part of the plan. I even had a difficult time scheduling an HVAC mechanic to come out and inspect our current air conditioner. I am rarely home, and the HVAC company only had short and specific time slots available for inspections. Some of my kids were upset when I had to cancel their plans and extracurriculars, but I reminded them that getting the air conditioner fixed as quickly as possible would allow them to get back to their regular routines quickly too. Everyone has had trouble sleeping since we normally keep the thermostat at a very cold sixty-two degrees at night, so I was also able to use that as an incentive to calm them down. It was a headache, but I’m really happy that we were able to get that taken care of.