It's that time of year -- the transition season. Winter commitments are still going -- school, band, and dance -- but the summer commitments have begun -- baseball and mowing.
Parents and children alike may find they face more meltdowns as they stretch an already full schedule even tighter. A few coping strategies can help.
First, recognize the challenge. The situation can come on families much like the proverbial frog in the pot of boiling water. At first there's only one baseball practice added to the weekly dance lesson. No problem. But, the gradual escalation of additional rehearsals preparing for the dance recital combined with actual games and the neighbor's mowing job soon have everyone in a frenzy.
If you don't already have one, put a family calendar in a visible spot in the home and list everything. Just seeing the commitments helps everyone understand why they suddenly feel so stretched. Family members can mentally adjust to the increased load while initiating conversations on how to get everything covered.
Next, create a plan. When people live on the fly, it's tempting to just stop checking the calendar to keep from feeling overwhelmed. Unfortunately, that leads to forgetting children and events.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.