The calendar page has flipped over to April, the days are getting longer and warmer… and that means it is time for “Spring Chauffering Season”! That’s right- time to rev up those minivan engines and get ready for the never-ending hussle of who-needs-to-be-where-at-what-time scramble!
Are we ready for this?
Ooooo- I am realizing just how spoiled I was during the fall sports season was Steve was around all of the time and could ake over some of the driving duties. Now it’s all on me- and I am being put through my paces! Some days I even have to take a sticky note and block out the times I have to leave for drop offs and pick ups- just to make sure that none overlap and that I don’t leave some poor kid stranded on a soccer field somewhere….
I was comparing notes with another Mom while we watched our kiddos at diving lessons last week- and I asked her how she managed to feed everyone dinner. She told me that she cooks dinner at 11am and has everything ready for re-heating when the kids have time to eat it. One son might eat dinner at 4pm before heading off to a practice, and the other might warm his in the microwave to eat around 6. Mom catches it when she can- in between running the kids from place to place.
I admitted to ordering in pizza…. again.
Which is one step better than this…
Now before you get all judgey-Mcjudgerson on me and tell me that kids need to have downtime in their life- I know. And they do. No one kid is over-scheduled (okay, maybe my 7th grader is, but he wants to give track a try for a few weeks and see if he likes it… and I’m okay with allowing him to be a little over-scheduled for a short period of time to stretch his wings)…. for the most part, each child just has an activity two or three days a week. It’s ME that is over-scheduled…. trying to get everyone where they need to be!
But I have a hard time asking all of them to cut back just to make things easier on me. This is part of what motherhood is about…. donning the chauffeur hat, cutting corners on family sit-down dinners once in a while, and doing the best that I can.
Are you wearing the chauffeur hat this spring season? Leave a comment and tell us about it!
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