Rhea Wahlberg's Blog: Are We the Only Ones Tardy?
In her first blog, Rhea gives us a glimpse at her family's typical morning rush before school
Please give a warm welcome to our newest celebrity blogger, Rhea Wahlberg!
The model, 36, recently launched her personal blog, where she writes about everything from her family and lifestyle topics to her experiences with fashion and traveling.
She and her husband, actor Mark Wahlberg, are parents to Grace, 5, Brendan, 6½, Michael, turning 9 this month, and Ella, 11.
Since this is my first blog post for PEOPLE.com, let me introduce myself. I’m Rhea Wahlberg, also known as Mrs. Mark Wahlberg and formerly known as Rhea Durham. (Whew, glad we got all that out of the way.)
I live in Los Angeles and I have four kids, ages 11, 8, 6 and 5. The last two kids are “Irish twins.” That was a doozy! Can anyone say, “autopilot”?
My husband works out of town a lot and a question I get asked quite often is, “How do you manage with four kids when Dad is away?” (Ahhh!) It’s a great question and I’m sure so many parents can relate. We join him on location as much as possible so that we can all be together.
However, with the kids getting older, it’s becoming a little more challenging because they are all in school with a variety of extracurricular activities — and homegirl is not even entertaining the idea of homeschooling. So, during the times we can’t be together, I am back home putting my time-management skills to work.
First and foremost, I’m a wife and mother — all day, every day.
I would have to say the toughest part of my day would be school-day mornings. The kids have to be in school at 8:00 a.m. sharp, so my alarm goes off at 5:15 a.m! I usually drag myself out of bed no later than 5:45 a.m. and give myself a few (and I mean only a few) minutes to brush my teeth, splash my face and get mentally prepared for the hustle.
I go into each child’s room and wake them up. I open the curtains, but that doesn’t do any good since it’s still PITCH BLACK outside. Needless to say, they do not want to be dragged out of bed for school at this hour, so this is no easy task.
Finally, I get them up and get them downstairs for breakfast. I make all of the breakfasts and there may or may not be microwavable pancakes involved. Hey, I’m no superhero. By that time we are pushing 6:45 a.m. and, by the way, my children have zero concept of time — nor do they care.
Getting dressed is the next phase in the process. Surprisingly enough, the easiest one to get dressed is the youngest and she does it all on her own! The two boys are in a complete wrestling war while I repeat myself like a broken record 25 times to get dressed! Sound familiar to anyone else?
Finally, our nanny arrives at 7:00 a.m. (whew!) and we finish up odds and ends. Oh! Did I mention that while I’m making breakfast, I am also making lunches and mid-morning snacks for everyone?
Around 7:15 a.m., I’m able to go get myself dressed … somewhat. Will it be half pajamas and half regular clothing? It’s anyone’s guess. Whatever! We all have to be in the car at 7:30 a.m. sharp! (Or 7:35 a.m. because there is the five-minute black hole of time right before it’s time to drive off and no one knows where it went.) Eventually, we’re off.
After I get them into school and all of the “I love you”s and “have a great day”s have been handed out, I get back in my car and could swear that it has to be at least 11:00 a.m. Nope, it’s only 8:15 a.m. Wow!
I know that there are many, many parents all over the world that go through this same ordeal. Some of us have traveling spouses, some are single parents. Some families have help and some don’t. We all make it happen. There is no such thing as perfection. All we can do is our best … and maybe share our crazy stories.
By the way, we’re late probably two days a week. (Oops!)
Until next time,
— Rhea Wahlberg