Patch blogger Maura Mahoney is feeling distinctly overwhelmed by the increasing number of end-of-the-school-year events and non-stop requests that are bearing down on her and her kiddos.
“Between the end of spring break . . . and the end of school, my two fourth graders will have attended nine birthday parties (including their own), one fourth-grade ‘School's Out’ party, one town-wide ‘School's Out’ party, one ‘Register for the Swim Team’ party, one field day, one fourth-grade art reception at a local museum, one end-of-year orchestra and band performance, two author's teas, two end-of-season soccer parties, one end-of-season baseball party and one Girls on the Run 5K,” Mahoney wrote .
While making a plea for life to be more simplified, Mahoney said not everything, like going from fourth grade to fifth, requires “two-and-a-half hours of pizza, activites, games and a movie.” “. . . [T]aken all together—all at once, it's too much,” she said. (June 2011)