By 6:15 a.m., Andrea Devine is quizzing three of her five kids on their after-school schedules — “Do you have practice? What time do I have to pick you up today?”
“If we had a family calendar it might be a lot easier, but I just make my plans in the morning because everyone has a different schedule every day,” explains Devine, who has taught at John Adams School in Madera for 20 years.
Devine is one example of a Madera mom who figures out a way to do it all: attending all of her kids’ sporting events, managing the household, and working full-time.
“It’s almost like in our economy, you have to have some kind of career; you have to have that second income,” she said. “Being a mom is the hardest job. To work on top of that is even harder. Any kind of job — being a mom, being a wife — it’s all hard.” ....