I’m suffering from Parental Holiday Exhaustion Syndrome. The holidays this year were too long, too busy, and too fun.

Believe it or not, the holidays have finally just ended for us, officially, on January 22. We did the family holiday in shifts this year. Over Thanksgiving, my oldest son, youngest son and his wife and our new grandson came to visit. This was exciting, and full of sibling rivalry of the adult child nature.

We faced parental challenges like. keeping the “I want a traditional Thanksgiving” part of the family happy, while the “I’m a vegetarian now” part of the family had something to eat too. It all worked out well, four fun-filled ,frolicking days with roller coaster ups and downs that I never saw coming.

This was followed by my husband’s youngest daughter visiting for Christmas. She spends every other Christmas with us and the other with her mother. In fact, all of our children have more than one set of parents to keep happy over the holidays. And due to remarriages some even have two or three sets of parents and grandparents. This makes holiday schedules complicated for kids and parents alike.

We rounded out the holiday season with my husband’s oldest daughter visiting for a three-day
weekend in January. We jammed a lot into those three days, further fueling the Parental Holiday Exhaustion Syndrome.

Where is the part of life where things slow down and I finally have time for myself? Definitely not in November, December, or January! But we do have a couple of weeks before we travel 1,000 miles to babysit our grandson for a week!

Greta Jenkins

Greta Jenkins

Greta Jenkins is a writer mom, nurse and a community volunteer. She is the author of various articles about home and family life and has been featured in parenting magazines and newspapers.
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