By Julie Baumgardner
Julie and Steve Barringer have two children, both of whom attend different schools and are very active in extracurricular activities. Caitlin and Webb are involved in softball, basketball, youth handbells, Chattanooga Boys Choir, music and Boy Scouts.
A typical day for the Barringers begins with Julie and Caitlin getting up at 6:15 a.m. They leave for school and work at 7:15 a.m., which is when Steve and Webb get up and get ready. They are off to school by 8:15 a.m. The children have activities in the evening Monday through Wednesday. Steve and Julie rely on their mothers to help them out with transportation for the kids.
“Monday through Wednesday are our busiest days,” said Julie. “Without the help of our parents it would be impossible for the kids to participate in all that they do.” Monday through Friday Caitlin has sports practice. She is also on a select traveling softball team that practices year round and currently practices on the weekend.
“Most nights we are all home by 6:30 or 7 p.m. and that is when homework begins. Everybody eats when they get hungry. Bedtime is at 10:00 p.m. Between 9 and 10 is the time that we connect with our kids.” READ More on Reclaiming Family Time