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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 OUTDATED.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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Surviving Sandy: Family Edition

We’re nearing the end of Day 2 of “Sandy: Bringing Families Together One 70 mph Wind Gust at a Time.”  Scott, the kids and I have been in lockdown since Sunday evening.  Mass transit has been at a standstill since.  Our office has closed, as have the schools.  For the rest of the week, we’re not going anywhere.

And how are we doing with all this unexpected time together?

Exactly as you’d think.

Our living room. The hurricane hadn’t even touched down yet.

Not quite what I meant when I’ve wished for more time with my children.  We have had great fun, and there’s also been a lot of yelling.  Because, I don’t know how it is your house, but the less likely it is that we can get out, the higher the incident of thrown food.

We are VERY fortunate that our area retained power and we sustained no damage.  There are fallen trees and crushed cars in our neighborhood, but most stores are open and we got to the playground today, albeit in the rain.

Our community Halloween parade is cancelled (haven’t broken this to the kids yet) so we’re banding together on our Google groups to figure out how to give these children a proper sugar high.

My husband and I are working from home, but the work is pretty much at a standstill.  As it should be.  So many people are without power, and their resources are best served trying to sustain their living conditions.  Kind of puts it all in perspective.  What does the world really need right now?  To get to work, when the work doesn’t have to do with restoring homes or subway lines or coastlines?  I think you know the answer.

So for the rest of this week, we’ll be hunkered down with the kids, making up new and interesting games with the same old stuff, cooking different food to throw and maybe drawing upon some bonus reserves of energy and patience since we’re not exhausted from the job commute day after day.

I will remember this time of togetherness fondly, especially if it would. just. please. end.

How are YOU handling getting stuck bonus time with your family in the wake of the storm?


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