Christmas is only 35 days away and I feel like I am in that commercial you see on TV.. You know the one by the well known Swedish furniture company..
“The people are coming, the people are coming”..As the husband and wife frantically clean their house and make everything perfect.
Christmas is coming, Christmas is coming!!!!
Yep and it comes every year at the same time and we still get stressed out about it. We want everything to be perfect…Decorating, baking, parties to go to, gifts to buy, dinners to host, etc, etc.. We tend to eat to much, drink to much and sleep less. That is a bad mixture of making you stress out more and then, every year we crash, right about the 26th and end up getting sick and spend the next few days in bed or on the couch watching Netflix. Sounds like a fun Christmas, right..
You may have just dropped your son or daughter off at a university far from home and are getting used to the new normal of one less mouth to feed. Maybe your child decided to stay at home and study at the local university or college or maybe, like my son, they decided to take a ‘gap year’.
From about Grade 10 ( or maybe even earlier), our children start getting asked the question.. ‘What do you want to do after you graduate?’.. Which translated really means ‘What post secondary school are you choosing and what are you going to study?’ While there are many kids that know and have known forever what they want to do after high school, there are many that do not and this question can bring on some anxiety. If they do not know what they want to do is there something wrong with that? Are they letting themselves and the people around them down because they don’t know.. And the answer is NO. In my opinion, there is a lot of pressure on kids to figure it out early and they think the ‘right’ thing to do is to head straight to post secondary but it might not be the right thing for them.
Taking a gap year is not a bad thing. On the contrary, it can be very beneficial for some kids, if they have a plan for that year. Sitting in their rooms and playing FortNite is not a plan…
School’s out…Forever. Well high school, that is and my first born has graduated. The first graduating class of children born in this millennium. (interesting fact) What a feat!!
But that was the easy part..
There will be no more school lunches to be made, no more field trip volunteering and no more ‘Are you done all your homework?’ questions, to which they always answer ‘of course’ even if it isn’t done ;).