People, I would like to go on record and state that March Break is supposed to be a break. It’s right there in the name. Except no one mentions what a kid’s sports schedule do to that so called break.
And yes, sure, the boys were off school and I didn’t have to pack lunches. I’m not discounting that gloriousness.
But you’ll notice that I didn’t post last week, at all. And you’ll also notice that it is Tuesday and I’m just now posting.
You know why this is?
Because it took me this long to recover from March Break.
It wasn’t even that it started off on Monday, in fact the sports schedule was fairly light. Boy#1 had a full week break from hockey and Boys #2 and #3 only had one practice. Man, I can do that in my sleep these days.
But then Friday hit. Oh.My.God.
Here’s a little back story for you: Every year the IP hosts a “fun day” (we do not need to discuss how I feel about these days, I have made that abundantly clear in previous posts) on the Friday of March Break. Now, I don’t particularly care one way or the other in terms of taking the time off to do this thing. At this point, I know what to expect from the day and it’s chaos. Absolute, utter chaos. The day starts early, every time. We always seems to have a start time between 8 and 9 am. And they get three ice times throughout the day.
This year, there were two boys on the ice. I needed a cheat sheet just to keep track of ice times. I didn’t even have the brain power to determine what time I needed to get the other into gear because Boy #1 happened to have a hockey tournament that started on Friday as well.
Yeah. You read that right. A hockey tournament. You know what that means? Chaos.
In one day we had 8 different ice times, spread across two arenas for three boys.
Here’s a few survival tips that got us through.
- Program the caffeine the night before, or know where you can stop (and schedule accordingly). These days are long and exhausting. Now is not the time to be a hero.
- Know who is handling which ice times and be clear. It will save you a ton of confusion and frustration the morning of when you are trying to get out the door with one kid when your spouse thought they were handling that one.
- Make sure that you have all the equipment in the right vehicles. If you typically handle all the hockey when you can, the sports schedule colliding will require you to separate things. Speaking from experience, you do not want to show up to one rink with your player’s stick at the other.
- Pack snacks and juice to prevent the hangry. Much like point #1, there is no time for hangry on these days. The sports schedule that works for you is a fine balance. A meltdown because a kid is tired and hungry is not going to fit in the schedule.
- Something will go wrong. Just knowing that is enough to get you through. Inevitably something that you hadn’t planned on will happen. Like your son will decide that he needs to stand on his stick for some reason and break it. He will only mention it on his way onto the ice at the next game. I might be speaking from experience here. Just remember, it is not the end of the world and you will all get through it in one piece.
One last thing: Have fun with it. These days are where magic happens. It never fails. Sometimes you just have to look harder for it than others.
See you at the rink.