Featured Busy Mom – Dawn Morris
This week’s featured busy mom is Dawn Morris of Moms Inspire Learning.
How do you keep your children’s schedules together ?
It’s not easy. There’s a lot of juggling; but when my husband and I can’t manage, there’s always a friend we can turn to for help. I don’t like to ask for help too often, and when I do, I’m sure to return the favor. Parents need to support each other!
Do you use a particular day planner ?
No, I just use a very simple one that I picked up at an office supply store. I also make a lot of lists, and use sticky notes to remind myself of important events.
Do you own a blackberry?
No, but now that everyone else in my family is texting, I will have to upgrade to a cell phone that makes it easier for me to do so. I’m not in a rush, though, since I’m online much of the time anyway. It’s easier to catch me through email than it is by phone!
What is your most used ‘time saving tip’ when it comes to running your house?
I would have to say that it’s asking for help with daily tasks. My children help out a lot in the kitchen, and my husband does the laundry. Actually, my husband likes to cook as well.
If we all work together, it also saves more time, and makes activities, like cooking, so much more enjoyable.
Do you have a favourite quick meal for your family?
Sometimes, we’ll have tuna or turkey sandwiches if we’re really short on time, and sometimes we’ll even make breakfast items, like eggs or pancakes, for dinner.
I also like the idea of “make your own” taco or salad nights, which can be quick if you already have the ingredients. I recently wrote a post about family salad nights
My favorite quick breakfast is muffins (made ahead of time, of course), and you can find two of my favorite muffin recipes here.
Tell us the truth ? What would we find in your car right now ?
I don’t keep a lot in the passenger area, other than reading materials. You’re bound to find a children’s book or two, because I’m constantly at the library.
As for the trunk, it’s all about the sports equipment. There are fold up chairs, a basketball, a football, my son’s baseball bag, a first aid kit, etc… Oh, and I keep reusable shopping bags in there.
What advice would you give to other moms who feel the pressure of trying to be ‘super mom’?
I’ve been there, and eventually I came to realize that there is no such thing as a perfect mom. We all have our strengths and weaknesses.
I would say the most important thing is not to compare ourselves with anyone else. If we focus on being the best role models we can possibly be for our children, that’s really all we can ever ask of ourselves.
What is your number one goal for the year ? How do you plan to reach it ?
I’ve been working on my blog full-time for almost 7 months now, and I’d like to free up some of that time to work on other projects.
To reach this goal, I will devote certain days to different projects, and keep better track of the time I spend on each.
Dawn Morris is an accountant, a teacher, a parent, and an avid reader who has a passion for children’s literature. She started the blog, Moms Inspire Learning, in order to share her knowledge, and to inspire a love of learning and reading in people of all ages. Dawn also contributes to the free online magazine, Literacy Lava, and is a guest blogger at DreamBox K-2 Math.
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