Last week, I received this email from a friend, and I asked her if I could post it here. I have been in the same situation, and this year, we have 45 minutes in between my daughters’ dance classes. Many of us live out of town, so we occasionally need to “kill time” to save gas. In my friends case, and in mine, it’s not overscheduling. Our kids each only have one extracurricular activity, but what do you do with three kids with one activity each? I have some suggestions, but we want to hear ideas from many moms who have successfully navigated the “Rat-Race!”
After a crazy afternoon of soccer, school, new baby, etc. on Monday, I was completely frazzled! Aren’t all moms trying to get the school year schedule down pat in these first weeks of school? Surely there are some moms out there with good advice! And surely there are some with the same struggles~ how to balance afterschool activities with peace and harmony!! On Monday I have to leave home and drive 20 miles to pick up my son from school by 2:15, but soccer is not until 5:30. Since I live 25-30 minutes away, and it costs me $5+ in gas just one way, I decided to stay in town until dad could meet him at soccer. AND I was determined not to eat out. Aren’t we supposed to be communing around the dinner table talking about our day, while eating a healthy home-cooked meal which (should) save money? So I had to fill that 2.5+ hours without dinner being a part of it!! You see my dilemma… I’ll spare you the details, but after sitting in the mall parking lot with the car running so i could nurse with AC on and play Peter Pan for the older two, by the time we got to soccer (early), the baby was screaming and I was losing it! I do not want to do that again!!! So, i’ve considered picnics and the library and the park and so on, but I would LOVE to know if any experienced moms have any advice!! I envy those that live in town and zip from home to school to soccer to church in mere moments!
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