If you have kids in extracurricular activities and have ever wondered how on earth you’re going to manage it all, this one’s for you.
In a viral TikTok video from popular content creator Mo, who owns the account Rex & Mo, the young mom speaks for a whole lot of mothers as she laments the busy life that is having kids in sports and activities.
“Being a mom is hard,” Mo begins from the front seat of her car, “and being a working mom with children that have extracurricular activities is unrealistic and SO hard. It just doesn’t even make sense. It feels unsustainable—like, how long am I going to be able to do this?
“I’m going to work, I get off work, I gotta round everybody up. I got a school-age child, I got babies at daycare. I gotta make sure I got his stuff for football and I gotta make sure I got their snacks. I gotta make sure I got a portable potty,” Mo continues, sounding overwhelmed.
It’s a feeling so many of us as mothers instantly identify with.
Having kids in extracurricular activities like youth sports or school clubs or church groups is great in a lot of ways. It helps kids stay active, form lasting friendships, and develop lifelong skills like confidence, teamwork, and discipline.
But the part no one warns you about when you’re signing Johnny up for flag football and Susie up for gymnastics is that you have to get them there, buy them uniforms, feed them extra snacks, entertain their younger siblings during hour-long classes or practices, AND keep on top of everything at home and at work. And you have to do it over and over again.
It’s a lot, and it’s why Mo’s message is resonating with hundreds of thousands of moms this week:
As a mom of kids in several activities myself, I know exactly what she means. You’re managing multiple schedules simultaneously. You’re driving. You’re cooking. You’re cleaning. You’re working. You’re supposed to be keeping up friendships and making time for date nights and self-care and girls’ trips. And on top of it all, you’re supposed to make it look easy.
It’s part of the mental load of motherhood that spills over into a physical load—and it’s no wonder moms like Mo are questioning how sustainable it is.
But it does help knowing no mother is an island. The mom behind you in the pickup line . . . the one sitting next to you on the soccer sidelines . . . the one you’ve never met rubbing her temples in the parking lot when she thinks no one can see—we’re all in this together. And we know the bittersweet reality of this busy life with kids: this too shall pass.