In the six years that LatteGirl has graced us with her presence, I have learned a lot about being a parent. Probably, though the most important lesson is that no matter what your start out planning, pay attention to parents that come before you. No, not necessarily your parents or grandparents, because well, admittedly some things do change with time, so things are much different now than they were THEN.
But that parent that you know that has that kid a year or even several years older. The one that has already lived through the experience, and tells you what you will be up against. C’mon, I can’t be the only one. You remember. The one that told you about certain pitfalls and traps that await you, and you being the starry-eyed perfect planner that says, “Well, I am never going to fall into that THAT trap!” or “I will never let that happen with my child.”
Morph a few years ahead, probably after you have already forgotten the warnings and advise you had dismissed previously, when BAM! You find yourself in the exact same place. This has happened with LatteGirl more times than I care to admit, and probably more times than I actually remember.
The most recent example is today. We have always sworn we would not let her fall into “overscheduled child” syndrome. You know, where you have far too much going on at one time. Now to keep my pride somewhat intact I will say, it is not a daily or even weekly occurrence that this happens. It is only “once in a while”, but yet despite our best intentions and efforts we still wind up with days like this:
7AM – Rise and shine
8:15 – 9:30 Soccer Game
10:30 – 12:30 Sesame Street Live (we bought the tickets months ago)
2:00 – 4:30 Birthday Party
7:00 – ?? Local Parish Carnival
And we actually removed her dance class from this schedule (she will make it up later).
Add it the time for traveling to and from each event, throw in a little bit of time to perhaps actually stuff some food down your throat, and that is one heck of a schedule for a 6 year old to handle (hell, that is a heck of a schedule for a 40 year old to handle).
The whole soccer thing is new to the schedule (more on that in upcoming days), so that is something we will have to work in… but I still can’t figure out… how the heck, despite our best efforts to plan otherwise, that we wind up with days like this.
To those that tried to warn me there would be days like this no matter how hard I tried to not overschedule. Sorry… You were right.