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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS: Don’t lose the family calendar

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 at 8:12 am in Contest.

Disorganized calendar/Kirk LyttleHappy new year! And may we take this moment to share? Don’t know about you folks, but our deepest, darkest fear as parents was never that our golden offspring would grow up to be Unabombers, pantyless celebutantes or anything ghastly like that.

No, our anxieties were much more realistic. We worried that we’d lose the family calendar, and utter chaos would ensue. We’d skip ballet, forget soccer cleats, and be birthday party no-shows. Other parents would call us “flakes.” And cupcakes, classroom volunteer gigs and everything else we’d meticulously recorded in our beloved, multi-columned Busy Body Family Calendar? So not happening.

Here’s the deep, dark, terrible part, though: it sounded absolutely wonderful. No commitments. No homework harangues. Just hanging out at home, playing with Legos and coloring pictures. So tempting…

So this year’s New Year’s Resolution is to not lose the family calendar, much as we’d like to … and to make sure we leave some of those days peacefully blank. And we think that’s a resolution you might share. So, we’re giving away a peaceful, blank calendar – a desk-sized 3M Post-It Weekly Planner – and all you have to do is click “comments” (we’ll draw a winning name Monday night – Jan. 7) and tell us, do you play hooky with your kids? And if so, how do you spend that gorgeous, stolen day?

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No Responses to “NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS: Don’t lose the family calendar”

  1. Christi Says:

    I haven’t yet played hooky with my kids unless they didn’t have a babysitter for the day! Since I teach school, I’d have a hard time acting as though I didn’t know they’d laid out! LOL

  2. Caryn B Says:

    My little one is only 6 months old and since I stay home with him we do fun stuff all day and then I try to play catch up on laundry, dishes, and cleaning before daddy gets home!

  3. Naomi Says:

    Well, the 5 month old is always with me and 3 year old is only in preschool half days so we haven’t really played hooky yet. I am afraid if we do, grandma will assume she can take her out of school whenever she wants!

    Post It planner looks super handy, by the way…

  4. Mama Zen Says:

    Hanging out, eating popsicles, and watching SpongeBob!

  5. d Says:

    On days when I am home “sick,” my son and I enjoy in some good hooky rituals: sleep in late, watch PBS, have macaroni-n-cheese (or Chipotle) for lunch. I play an inordinate amount of Thomas or Lightning McQueen make believe, we go for a walk, snuggle and build blanket forts. I am lucky that my son wants nothing more than just my time and I cherish those moments that we can steal away. Having been off of work for the last week while he was out for school has been the best time in my life. We baked everday and had adventures and I loathe returning to work on Thursday.

  6. aBookworm Says:

    Oh yes, I do. Those are heavenly days – days when I shut off the computer, ignore the phone and if weather permits, then I just take my kid somewhere and together we get all silly like splashing in a pond or flying a kite or just run around chasing each other. There are days when I’m tempted to do nothing but play hooky 😉

  7. Stacey Moore Says:

    Being teachers we are off everytime our kids are so we don’t have to play hooky often!! However, we will be playing hooky for an few days in Feb. to visit that famous mouse!! thanks

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