McCraine Law Firm - September 2017

September 2017

The George McCranie Law Firm

301 E. Jackson St., Douglas, GA 31533 • 912-383-7581 • 1400 Baytree Rd., Valdosta, GA 31602 • 229-232-4114

George F. McCranie, IV Best-Selling Author

www.McCranieLawFirm.com

EXTRACURRICULAR OVERLOAD

How to Demystify Your Kids’ Jampacked Schedules

AS SCHOOL STARTS UP AGAIN, so do sports, and your kids’ extracurricular ambitions pile up like the falling autumn leaves. Madge is looking at piano and voice lessons as well as horseback riding. Managing your kids’ schedules can seem impossible, but don’t let yourself get burned out. Here are some tips for staying sane in the midst of the extracurricular activities whirlwind. Consolidate all your scheduling, jotting, and activity-tracking strategies into one system. You can’t afford to be scrawling “Madge piano lesson rescheduled September 21” on the first scrap of paper you come across. That doesn’t mean you have to be hyperorganized, but it does mean that you need to keep your entire calendar in one place, whether that place

Maintain balance. This might come as a surprise, but you will have to say no to your child every now and then. Sure, simultaneous baseball, football, soccer, and riding seasons might seem healthy and fun for your kid, but you need to consider your own needs as well. Many parents give their children free rein over what to choose, but limit activities to one or two per season. Make sure you weigh each child’s needs equally and keep the rules the same for each of them. So, let me run! Google Calendar says it’s time to pick up Madge! —George

is Google Calendar, a fridge whiteboard, or the old-fashioned standby, a calendar with a lighthouse on every page. Whichever system you choose, keep it updated. Its word is law. Seriously, the calendar rules, and what you thought you heard your wife tell you about riding lessons is trumped by the calendar! Just trust me on this. I’ve learned from experience. Form parent alliances. It’s vital that you and your spouse coordinate availability, but you should go further than that. Those voice lessons Madge’s going to? There are other classmates of hers, and they have parents shuttling them around just like we do. Set up carpools with trusted parents to manage scheduling conflicts between your kids and drastically reduce the time you spend as a chauffeur.

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