WIth September comes an onslaught of committments and obligations. School is back in session, the kids have their lessns and extra-curricular activities, and any committments that you and your spouse have made in the adult realm of life. Everything hits at once and it can be so very overwhelming.
Some obligations have to happen in September because they just do. Your kids need to attend school. You need to work. Your piano teacher will only take you on if you start in September. Hockey practice starts on the first Tuesday of September (our kids aren't in hockey, but I know that's what happens).
Here's the thing that saved us from going completely over the edge: Push anything and everything that you can to October or November. There is no reason for everything to start in September. Take the pressure off of yourselves so you don't throw up your hands and walk away from everything.
My kids don't do swimming lessons until the second session in mid-October. We enrolled our daughter in dance class a month late, for reduced fees, and she still led her group in the recital. My husband and I don;t join anything extra until October or later, aside from the "regular" committments. Our church has embraced this mentality as well, so the kids' clubs for both boys and girls don't start until October.
All of the above to say that it's okay to say wait. It's also okay to say no. Don't sacrifice the sanity of your family because of a committment may very well be inconsequential a year from now.
How do you balance fall activities? Do you jump in with both feet, or do you space things out? Or maybe bow out of joining anything at all?
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