We have been on again-off again with the homeschooling thing, but we really have to decide soon now that DD is 5. Once I entertained the idea of homeschooling it seemed like a great idea. But in reality, being a full-time mom is hard for me. While I love it a lot of the time, I can't say that I love it all of the time. And I just don't always feel good at it. Sticking to a routine is hard, hard, hard for me! I actually started fantasizing about sending DD to school, more for me than her, and registered her, only to recently learn she got assigned to a school that I hate. She is wait listed for some others that I really liked, but our numbers are bad and she is most likely not going to get a spot at one of those. (For clarification, we live in Boston where the public schools are done by a lottery process. I'm not talking about private schools, which are completely out of the picture for us.) So there's really no way I am sending her to the school she was assigned to, leaving me back in the homeschool camp. I do feel OK with this. In fact, I think in many, many ways it is a better option for DD. It's just me that I'm worried about it.
So how do you do it? Is every day spent doing your child's activities with little time for your own interests? Did you find that you were able to stick to a good routine even if that's not your strong suit? Do you somehow manage to get regular alone time for yourself? I suppose in some ways it is selfish of me to be worrying about this, but I do worry about getting my own needs met if I'm committing to be a SAHM for an infinite amount of years.