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December 15, 2017

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Mom Juggling

Have you ever watched one of those jugglers who juggle a running chain saw, a bowling ball and a machete all at the same time? I always figure that they must actually be a working mom in disguise. Running a household, including cooking, cleaning, laundry, chauffeuring, working a job outside of the home, raising children and maintaining relationships with partner, family and friends can feel the same as trying to maneuver a running chain saw, bowling ball and machete. How can we working moms keep it seamlessly all up in the air?


Have you ever watched one of those jugglers who juggle a running chain saw, a bowling ball and a machete all at the same time? I always figure that they must actually be a working mom in disguise. Running a household, including cooking, cleaning, laundry, chauffeuring, working a job outside of the home, raising children and maintaining relationships with partner, family and friends can feel the same as trying to maneuver a running chain saw, bowling ball and machete. How can we working moms keep it seamlessly all up in the air?
The machete is where I always slip up. Sharp objects always seem to be my downfall while mom juggling. Every major holiday when I cook, I manage to drop the bowling ball, drop the running chain saw and the sharp machete flips toward me. While expertly avoiding the chain saw and bowling ball, I cut myself. It’s become the family joke, “It just isn’t Thanksgiving, Christmas or whatever major holiday complete with family get-together, if mom didn’t cut herself.”
What follows is a comedic act in itself, as I try to be the hostess, complete a fabulous meal, serve, and clean up while holding a throbbing finger, doubly wrapped in gauze from getting wet. It’s a great method to garner lots of help. However, I don’t advocate orchestrating the event. I, for one, am happy this season’s major holidays are over and we’re moving on toward tamer events like Ground Hog’s, Valentine’s and President’s day. Less mom juggling required. What’s your favorite mom juggling story?

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  1. kate

    I must agree with you, mom-juggling is probably my favorite source of entertainment, but only because you do it so well. The modern day working mom must be more than a superwoman if she wants to keep her head high and live prosperously. My favorite juggling mom story goes past the average “It’s not a holiday until mom’s finger is bleeding.”-story. Instead, my favorite juggling-mom story is how magically, I got to school everyday on time, had a packed lunch of tuna sushi (still my fave), made it to every swim practice, play rehearsal, and play-date with no avail, and when I got home, dinner was magically finished or cooking. Considering I have trouble waking up on time, looking back at all those “average” days, they were really all miracles of a fabulous juggling-mom!

  2. I guess by asking for your “mom juggling” stories, my own child couldn’t resist. The laugh’s on me! Thanks Kate, for sharing your memories. I’m glad that you have such fond feelings of our “average” crazy days – yes, they were all fabulous miracles. Seriously, though, you only got sushi that one time that I recall I guess by asking for your “mom juggling” stories, my own child couldn’t resist. The laugh’s on me! Thanks Kate, for sharing your memories. I’m glad that you have such fond feelings of our “average” crazy days – yes, they were all fabulous miracles. Seriously, though, you only got sushi that one time that I recall <3

  3. Great story! I am sorry that you get hurt, but I can totally relate to the juggling act. My family knows NEVER to open the laundry room door when we have company over. It is where in a mad dash to straighten and pick up the house, that I stash things. If someone was to open it, toys, shoes, baskets, clothes, books, backpacks, snow pants, etc would come crashing out. At least the rest of my house looks presentable. 🙂

  4. Ron

    I think your right, I enjoy the days leading up to the holiday season, i.e. friends, family, “the meal”, etc. but, the quiet aftermath is a peaceful time to reflect. Not that I could ever pull off a Holiday meal for the entire family and keep the stress level low-key but, maybe your underlying message should be; don’t stress over the little stuff, let things happen and keep moving forward.

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