The Roadcap family
makes time work for them
By Candy Reagan
Cooper teacher Michelle Roadcap has seen first-hand
that children who aren't involved in activities often
don't do well in school, so she's making sure that doesn't
happen to her own two daughters.
She doesn't have anything to worry about.
Roadcap's daughters, Danielle, 13, and Malia, 15, are
about as involved as two children can get. Danielle,
an eighth-grader at Lincoln, plays all of her school's
sports, is in the advanced choir, competes in UIL, is
taking pre-Advanced Placement classes and also plays
on a select soccer team.
Malia, a sophomore at Abilene High School, plays on
a select volleyball team and on her school's JV volleyball
team. She also is in the women's choir at AHS, is in
pre-AP classes and has volunteered as a tempoette for
the Abilene Philharmonic. Plus both girls are involved
in church activities.
Roadcap said the only way she can juggle everything
is by staying very organized and getting lots of help.
"We depend a lot on friends and neighbors,"
she said. "We carpool a lot and help each other
Roadcap said everything starts with her calendar, where
she keeps track of every game, practice or commitment.
"I'm very organized," she said. "I write
things down. If it's not written down, I probably don't
get it done. I have a calendar with everything - when
I need to be where, who I need to pick up, who's carpooling
with whom. I'm just very organized about that."
She said she and her husband, Bob, often have to split
up, and he will travel with Danielle to soccer, while
she takes Malia to volleyball.
"Sometimes our family time is rushed and hurried
and sometimes it's in the car," she said. "But
we still manage to do a lot of things as a family. We
get together and do church as a family. It seems to
work out. "
Roadcap said she tries to keep meals as simple as possible
because the family is going so fast.
"I don't try to cook a big dinner because no one
would be here to eat it anyway," she said. "We
do really simple things."
Roadcap said school, homework and grades come first
- both her daughters are straight-A students. And the
girls sometimes have to make choices, she said, because
they simply can't do everything.
But she said she doesn't mind spending the time and
money to help them discover and develop interests in
a variety of activites.
"I want the best possibilities for them,"
she said. "I want them to explore the possibilities
that they want to do to see what they are good at and
what they like and don't like."
"There are times when I get stressed out about
it," she admitted. "I have sacrificed a lot
of my time for them.
"But I know in the scheme of things it's a short
amount of time, and then they will be gone."