What do we want for Christmas? Time.
We have officially entered the Christmas season countdown and for many of us this means madly establishing just how as parents we are going to physically attend the huge number of concerts, fairs, meetings, parent interviews and various other end of year school-related events.
What do kids want for Christmas? Watch Jimmy Kimmel have some fun below (post continues after video).
The conversations at our house go a bit like this: “Ok, you miss that meeting and go to the school parent Christmas breakfast thing” and “I will finish work early, grab the baby and then if I run with the pram I think I can make it to the school concert on time.”
Or sometimes, “No I am not doing the volunteering at the fair as well, you have to do that,” and “do you think she will notice if we don’t make it to the choir? Maybe if I just arrive at the beginning and she sights me in the crowd I can shirk it to the back and get back to work?”
Then on top of all the events you need to provide a “physical presence” for, there is the extra amount of “remembering” required at this time of year.
“Remembering” special outfit days, christmas costumes, significant schedule changes for rehearsals, money for a gazillion different themed events, gifts to donate for the raffles, money for teacher presents, money for the parent volunteer presents …
You need to have a memory like a CEO to manage it all… and a bank balance like one to pay for it.
Then on top of the events is all the “volunteering” pressure. And yes it is pressure – exerted at times quite heavily.
This is not good pressure. This is a sense of pressure equally enjoyable to that felt when being 10cm dilated during labour.