Posted December 7, 2011on:
In households already spilling over with clothing & boots, books & toys, schedules & papers, households with busy adults, children and pets – we decide to do more! Why? Because it’s the holidays!
As much as we know that routines are critical for young children and consistency in parenting makes or breaks children’s adjustment to change, the holiday season offers us an opportunity to be masters at organized chaos.
- Are you set with gifts for the holidays? If you’ve started and have special gifts in the attic, the trunk of your car or stored at grandmas’ until Christmas Eve, you’re pretty good. If you actually have a list in your purse with coupons already cut for anything left, you’re better. If you have completely shopped, wrapped, tagged and bagged – you are a master! If you have no idea where to begin and don’t have one gift, let alone wrapping….yikes.
- Do you cook & bake for holiday parties? If you can picture what is in your kitchen and are confident you have the basic ingredients for basic goodies, you are pretty good. If you are watching store ads for the best price on everything for holiday dinner to dessert and have money in your budget to buy them, you’re better. If you have crossed off everything on your holiday list because you have actually bought it already and did not break the bank – you are a master! If you have signed up for a cookie exchange and just know you will be up until 3 in the morning the night before they are due; call me, so will I!
- Are babysitters and family helpers scheduled? (Collecting dates in your head along with times and locations of parties and plans doesn’t count at all!) If you have made a list somewhere and have mentioned in conversation that you will need a sitter, you are at least on the radar. If your calendar is filled with December and January plans accompanied by the name of confirmed sitters for each- you are a master! When the phone rings and someone at a dinner party wonders where you are, don’t expect a 2012 invitation.
I love my house at the holidays. To the unsuspecting, it may look chaotic. There are always children, family, pets and friends in and out. We eat sandwiches, order pizza or sit down to a turkey dinner; I know where the food is and where the menus are. On a tree that looks different each year, there are tin foil ornaments with hand prints (most cherished,) family heirloom glass ornaments (most sentimental,) and red bows & glitter. Music is playing, the t.v. is on, someone is always on the phone. The daily chores of a home are visible; but I know who has what and where things are. Some people consider this chaotic. But it really is organized and it is mine. It is organized chaos.
What do you consider organized chaos? Just because someone doesn’t know where the crackers are, doesn’t mean that you don’t!
“First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. Sounds pretty chaotic to me.” Napoleon Hile
-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director