Editor's Note:  This guest blog is from Southern California Mom

The other day, after I wrote my first guest blog, I was walking downstairs with my ten year old son so that we could read together before bed.  As he chatted away, I had a self-congratulatory grin on my face.

"What's so funny?" he asked.

"Oh, nothing in particular," I said. "Just happy with the way that blog turned out."

He got a puzzled look on his face and asked me what he had been saying.  Only then did I realize he was talking to me at all.  I had been completely wrapped up in myself.

Life threw me a pop quiz and I failed.  I hate when that happens!  And it happens more than I care to admit.  Keeping that balance between taking care of the kids while looking after oneself is tricky business.  It's a pendulum that swings back and forth.  Sometimes I feel like a broken clock, I only get it right about twice a day.

Maybe that isn't so bad.  'Most of the time' is close to right, almost right or at least not excruciatingly bad.