QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- When you stop and think about it, so many moms have so much in common, despite their diverse lifestyles.
Leading up to Mother's Day we're highlighting just a few moms their challenges and their successes.
It's the start of another non-stop day for single, working mom Karen Wolf.
Wolf says a usual day consists of, "Making the sandwiches for the road trip to the ball game, making sure they've studied or last minute quizzing."
Daughter Kristin, 10, is typically the last one out the door. Justin, 15, plays baseball normally for Quincy Notre Dame, if the game isn't rained out.
Wolf explains, "It starts out scheduled but it never ends up the same."
And 20-year-old Kory isn't far away living on campus at Quincy University.
Up and busy for three hours already, it's time for Karen to start her work day. This working mom says through it all balancing career and kids is her biggest challenge.
Wolf says, "Kids first but you know your job always trumps your kids too. You just know what your schedule is and when you have some flexibility."
Karen squeezes in some sports of her own, coaching, and volunteering.
She laughs, "Why do I volunteer, why can't I say no. Why don't I say no."
But for this busy mom, the pay off for all her hard work comes in the form of success.
Wolf says, "That's the biggest reward, no matter what the challenge is you know at the very end that something's going to pay off."
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