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10 Other Kinds of March Madness for Parents Who Don’t Care About Basketball

1. OVER-SCHEDULED. March is the only month of the current school year with no holidays, so every single parent workshop, conference, field trip and fundraiser is jammed in. Carpal tunnel syndrome develops from signing an unprecedented number of permission slips.

2. OUT OF TIME. For those of us working parents who just blew their wad of vacation days on February recess, you best clock overtime this month to bank some days off when the kids are out of school in April for spring break. Good luck making that math work as you already put in for multiple half-days in March to cover all of the school’s events.

3. OUT LIKE A LAMB? Winter on the East Coast was brutal this year. Painfully cold and caked in filthy ice that sat on our streets for months. The first day of spring is today, March 20th. Forecast: snow.

4. BUT WEATHER BE DAMNED! March is when we sign up for summer camp! April is too late! Because the prices go up!

5. EVEN MORE OVER-SCHEDULED. Birthday parties – all weekend, every weekend. You never got the memo that June was the designated sexy time for procreators.

6. SLEEP-DEPRIVED. Daylight Savings Time aka That Which Will Undo Any Success You Have Had Putting Your Kids to Bed.

7. RISKING SCURVY? You’re dying for any seasonal produce that isn’t squash. So you spend $8 on strawberries, they’re not that good, but you want more, then realize this is not sustainable for the planet or your wallet.

8. OUTGROWN. Nothing fits. The kids have suddenly grown three feet over the course of the winter. So you have to find a way to clothe them until it’s warm enough to break out the spring hand-me-downs. You try to make the “Mom’s belted t-shirt” look work for your pre-schooler.

9. OVERWHELMED. With the state tests and participatory school budgeting deadlines approaching next month, your social media feeds are buzzing with opportunities for you to weigh in on this and opt out on that. This is important stuff and you follow your convictions, but not before becoming equally annoyed and saddened by the horrible spelling in the comments by similarly impassioned parents.

10. OUTDATED. You have officially run out of excuses for why your December holiday decorations are still up.

And your reward for getting through the March madness to April? Taxes.



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First Holiday Complaint of the Season!

This month’s pre-school Scholastic book catalog was a little disappointing. I get that it was thematically built around the holidays in the month of December, but note that I wrote “holidays – plural. As in, more than just Christmas. If you were to thumb through this flyer, you would see that there were books on only that one holiday.

Slim pickin's for holiday reading.

Slim pickin’s for holiday reading.

True – Chanukah is kicking off pretty early this year, overlapping with Thanksgiving, but it does run in to the month of December. And Kwanzaa is December 26 – January 1.

So why no books for kids whose holiday customs might not include a Christmas tree or Santa Claus? I counted 21 titles with the words “Christmas” or “Santa” in them. I gave the books with the word “holiday” in their titles the benefit of the doubt. For, while the cover illustration may depict a strictly Christmas-y scene, there could very well be mention of other holiday traditions. Case in point, Llama Llama Holiday Drama (which name drops “dreidels,” though the cover art capitalizes on a Santa hat and colors most often associated with Christmas).

I know there are books out there on holidays other than Christmas. We have a few. So why didn’t I see any in the flyer?

Guess we’ll be going with the holiday-neutral books about snow. But I suppose that would open a whole other can of worms if we lived in a warmer climate…

What gets YOUR feathers ruffled about the holidays?

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