I'm not Mary Poppins…

Sorry I haven’t been around much lately. About a month ago, I agreed to babysit (or be a part-time nanny) for 5 hours a day. The last few weeks it’s become 7 hours a day, and people around me have seen the strain. The particular children I’m watching ( an 11-month old and a 3 & 1/2-year old) need more than I can give them on a daily basis. If being a nanny was my full-time job it would be fine, but my other responsibilities have been lacking, and my networking (message boards, lists, etc.) has dwindled to the point of being almost nonexistent. I guess I thought I could juggle both the babysitting and my one main job, but I haven’t been querying or networking for/with other magazines and clients, and that’s where the problem lies. So, I’ve let the parents know that I need to cut back, and they need to find someone else to help out. Funny how my husband, my mom, and others have seen the strain I’m under, but my fear of disappointing people has held me back from realizing it, too. I know when we have our own children it will be different– they will be my primary responsibility, but I can’t be that to someone else’s children right now.

So, hopefully I’ll get back into the querying and networking groove pretty soon. I’ve missed the daily chatter with my writing colleagues.


I'm a wife and mommy first, as well as a social media consultant/manager, editor, and writer. I'm also editor of Musical Reviewer and Houston Theatre Blog.

5 comments on “I'm not Mary Poppins…
  1. Diane says:

    We missed you! I couldn’t watch someone else’s kids…my own are enough of a strain on my sanity! Kudos to you for hanging in this long!

  2. Pattie says:

    and we’ve missed you too!

  3. alicia says:

    Oh, honey, the fear of disappointing people leads to nothing but disaster. If not this time, or the next time – eventually. Trust me, I’ve had my collapse because of it.

    In any event, do what you must do and know that we will still be here when you return!

  4. Amy says:

    Welcome back, Julia! There’s something to be said for knowing when enough is enough. And it’s good to see you posting again… just in time to get tagged in the latest short meme…

  5. Diane says:

    Julia! Are you done pretending to be Mary Poppins yet? We miss ya!

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