We need a secretary. Someone to organise our lives. Maintain our diaries and put the correct postcode in our sat-navs to make sure we get to the right place on time. They could let us know when we’re running out of milk or washing powder. They could answer the phone and fend off the people we don’t need to speak to. They could compare car insurance quotes, remind us to get the car MOTed and fill in the stupid forms to accept our speeding fines (maybe that’s just me). In fact, just telling me what to cook for dinner would be a great help some days.
Don’t get me wrong. I knew when I signed up for this ‘wife and mother’ malarkey there would be child care, cooking and cleaning responsibilities. Fair enough, I thought, I can handle that. What I’d forgotten about (probably because I don’t have a secretary) is that not only would there be the day to day organisational stuff I already did, read the meters, pay the council tax, remember mother-in-law’s birthday, but that the addition of two small children would increase these tasks exponentially once you factor in all their health related appointments, all the paperwork, uniform rotating and reading books involved for pre-school, constantly replacing and storing away outgrown clothes, the planning and buying of appropriate food because falling back on takeaways three days in a row because you haven’t got to the supermarket is no longer acceptable.
What’s panicing me now is that in a week I’ll be back at work and doing all the above, just with 37.5 less hours a week to do them in and thus far my only preparation for this change is the arrival of a slow cooker in an attempt to get all four of us eating the same food every night even if it has to be at different times. So how am I going to make this work without our lives descending into chaos? All suggestions and time/money/effort saving tips will be gratefully received.
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