Tiffany along with her husband, of Nebraska, has six children--four boys and two step-daughters. "We are a blended family, meaning two different families living and making a life together." Although her husband works full-time, Tiffany works part-time at their local bookstore, leaving the youngest two with a babysitter twice per week.
Busymom: Please introduce yourself.
Tiffany: I am Tiffany, a mother to four boys and two girls. Their ages range between two years of age through 12 years of age. It is an interesting household! Each child has a unique personality and are interested in different things despite being raised together.
Busymom: Do people ask you questions about being a large, blended family?
Tiffany: Friends and family asked us many questions, such as how we handle parenting and other familial issues. Our children are treated the same by my husband and me. We don't differ in parenting or treatment. We stand united.
Busymom: Besides raising and taking care of your children, you also work part time at a bookstore. How do you manage tasks at home and taking care of yourself?
Tiffany: I use a day planner to record events, appointments and projects of everyone's because I need to know what everyone needs and has to determine if I could multi-task, etc. The older children help with chores and errands, even the youngest children have to pick up their own toys. The children know that I have a right to "Me Time" which is at least five minutes to myself. During that time, I may use a moisturizer or indulge in yummy chocolate, something to spoil myself for a few minutes.
Busymom: Your time allows you to feel refreshed even after a few minutes. It is also nice to have older children help you in some ways. Do you have advice you would like to give to mothers?
Tiffany: If you have older children, make sure you get some "Me Time." You will feel more relaxed when you return back to your children.
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