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Published December 10, 2012, 11:35 PM

Parenting Perspectives: A glimpse at why holidays aren’t relaxing

Parents, consider this your permission to go get a massage. With the holidays pounding on your door, you are officially busier this month than any other. In an effort to celebrate how amazing you really are, I’ve written down a glimpse of “the busy life of a parent” for the month of December.

By: Kerri Kava, INFORUM

Parents, consider this your permission to go get a massage.

With the holidays pounding on your door, you are officially busier this month than any other. In an effort to celebrate how amazing you really are, I’ve written down a glimpse of “the busy life of a parent” for the month of December.

If your non-parent friends cannot possibly understand what you are so busy with, share it with them.

  • Get excited about Christmas.

  • Put up the Christmas tree and décor.

  • Make a grocery list.

  • Zip grocery list snugly into my wallet – thus never to be lost.

  • Make a to-do list.

  • Make a what-else-not-to-forget list.

  • Cross off “Make to-do list” just so you have something to cross off your list. Go you!

  • Leave the house, and pray you make it on time.

  • Vow to get the Christmas cards out early this year.

  • Sign up for that potluck.

  • Learn about the Elf on the Shelf.

  • Determine if I have time to move said Elf.

  • Pay bills.

  • Due to the bills, decline the seventh home shopping party invitation of the month.

  • Write a really convincing argument on the Facebook party wall explaining why you cannot possibly attend. Please don’t be insulted; it’s just not realistic for me.

  • Go to early holiday party for your child’s school/therapy/special needs group.

  • Dream of taking a bath.

  • Call the insurance company.

  • Call the insurance company again, because today the individual that can help you is in the office.

  • Buy a day care provider gift.

  • Look for your grocery list, I KNOW I put it in here.

  • Curse because you forgot the three coupons that are for the items you actually planned to purchase .

  • Seriously consider if shopping is really necessary.

  • Continue grocery shopping, give in to multiple purchases that your toddler magically added to the list.

  • Let your toddler ride the horse for a penny.

  • Convince your toddler they don’t really have to go to the bathroom while toting a cart full of groceries that you just had to bag yourself.

  • Get fast food because now you have no time to cook.

  • Promise yourself a new workout plan will be set in action tomorrow.

  • Let your child have Cheetos in the car so you don’t have to hear them whine for 20 minutes – It’s worth it. I’ll clean it later.

  • Find something for us all to wear for holiday pictures.

  • Tend to a suddenly sick child.

  • Go to the store for medicine, no matter what it costs. If it will bring health back, I will buy it.

  • Reschedule holiday pictures.

  • Think – I should really Christmas shop.

  • Call to schedule a doctor’s appointment, Yes, I know he was supposed to come last month. I dropped the ball.

  • Buy school teacher gift. At this point, it’s hard to care if they even like it.

  • Get sidetracked momentarily.

  • Get coffee to rid of the sidetracking that must end immediately.

  • Grocery shop. Wasn’t I JUST here?

  • Scholastic book order is due.

  • Open the mail to reveal a new bill you weren’t expecting this month.

  • Remember birthdays also occur in the month of December.

  • Look for previously mentioned to-do list.

  • Drive across town for your child’s orthotic adjustment.

  • Pay bills.

  • Think, “Where did the past 5 years go when my child was an infant?”

  • Understand why no one ever wants to host.

  • Buy egg nog, officially consider myself “festive.”

  • Fill up with gas, wish you could go in for a snack, but that would mean lugging my child in too, and conclude it’s not worth it.

  • Everyone’s in bed, watch “Mike & Molly” – I need to laugh, and they make me feel skinny.

  • Sleep in a little bit, blame the alarm.

  • Your single friends plan a vacation to Napa Valley – it PAINS you, but you regretfully decline.

  • Continue with your life as a mom, while your heart just flew with your friends to Napa Valley.

  • Respond to child’s therapy emails and pray you can actually help with those goals.

  • Stuff, stamp and mail the Christmas cards.

  • The month is over and it’s time for Christmas.

  • The shopping, wrapping, cooking, negotiating, convincing and whining is over.

  • You did it!

  • Let Santa take all the credit.

Kerri Kava is The Learning Forum coordinator for The Forum. She can be reached at kkava@forumcomm.com .

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