The Ladwig family
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Michelle and Bill Ladwig are a busy Wisconsin couple with demanding jobs and three kids. Between work, school and activities, Michelle says her family is overscheduled and overwhelmed. "It's so chaotic," she says. "I just feel like I'm flying by the seat of my pants a lot."

Michelle took on a full-time job at a local radio station two years ago, and her long hours often keep her from family dinners. "If my mom was here at supper with us, it would make us more a family and we could talk and laugh together," says their son BJ.

When Michelle does get home, her family has scattered. "Everybody's off in different directions. We've got five TVs. We've got four iPods. We've got four cell phones," she says. "Sometimes we're watching the same show in different rooms."
FROM: Oprah's "What Can You Live Without?" Experiment, Part 2
Published on May 20, 2009

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