Like most modern-day mums, Danielle Solomon has mastered the art of multi-tasking.
She gets eldest daughter Charlotte off to school and takes little Lucinda to dance class, all the while keeping abreast of baby Bridget’s feed times.
Then there’s her home office calling, where she helps manage the family business while husband Dennie is at his other job, the full-time one.
Housework, cooking dinner, packing school bags, homework, gardening – it’s all on the list but it’s a matter of prioritising.
‘‘Wait until you see the inside of my house, it’s a wreck,’’ the Austinmer mum said yesterday.
‘‘It’s all a facade, this in-control thing, it’s smoke and mirrors.’’
Ms Solomon wasn’t surprised to hear 1000 Illawarra parents had sought support last year from the CatholicCare Parent Line, admitting life can be hectic, but there’s always a funny side in a world that’s so ‘‘full-on’’.
‘‘This morning we had swimming, then school, then Lucinda’s first dance class, that’s in between trying to get some work done on the computer.
‘‘You’ll find me breastfeeding at the computer, child lying across the keyboard,’’ she joked.
Ms Solomon wouldn’t swap though, taking each hiccup in her stride.
She even saw the funny side when she dropped her baby wipes in a puddle of spilt milk while rushing along a Thirroul street to dance class, all the while chatting to the Mercury by mobile phone.
‘‘It’s always full on, there’s no such thing as halfway,’’ she said.
It’s just what modern-day mums do.