All of a sudden I glanced at the clock and realized it was 4:15. My oldest daughter had to be at soccer practice in 15 minutes and I stared at the clock in disbelief. I don’t know how it happened but I seemed to lose track of the day. Yup, it’s that time of year!!!! Not only was I in the middle of trying to wrap up a critical email for work but I had a sense of panic because I had no clue where practice was. I declared to my girls, “be ready because we are leaving in 10 minutes”. I was fully expecting the pleas for help, “Mom, where are my cleats!”, “Mom, where is the Gatorade?”, “Mom, I need to bring something to eat!” My demand was met by silence. I looked up and saw my oldest go get her stuff and get her hair done. I saw my youngest zip off to the bathroom. So, I wrapped up my email, grabbed some Pepsi (caffeine at soccer practice is an absolute necessity) and the girls were in the car before I was.
For many of us it is this time of year, the period between summer turning into fall, that represents a time of insanity as we launch into a new school year and all that goes along with that. If any of you are anything like me then you (we) likely put too much pressure on ourselves. My goal for this school year is to live each day understanding that I don’t have to always have ‘perfection’ on everything and that it is okay to ask and EXPECT our kids to start “doing” for themselves. It is up to us moms and dads to teach and make this clear to our children.
Of course, irrespective to the fact I make these very bold statements you can bet that as soon as I’m done blogging I’m off to the mud room to start organizing all the sports gear. Some things will never change……… xoxo