The New Year is here but there’s no time to sit and make resolutions. We have to start planning head for three very important event soon to come. I’ve already begun seeing the question popping up on social media and as much as it makes me cringe to have to think so far ahead, it’s a must. Here are three things that should be on top of every mom’s mind in January.
For fall, you ask? Yes, for fall. In my community, open houses begin taking place as early as January where parents in the know start planning to visit schools near and far. If your kid is entering grades K-12, it’s not that big of a deal (unless you’re in my community where schools have already begun registering as of November), but if you’re searching for a preschool program, your time is January. The best schools fill up fast so don’t draggeth thine feet or you will get left with…gasp! Your second choice. VSMom Tip: Catholic Schools Week is usually the last week in January.
I neither have a graduate nor a kid taking his/her first communion, but all too often do I see parents frantically searching for a restaurant or party venue to celebrate this wonderful occasion. Yes, folks are booking now. And you have known for 18 years that your child will be graduating, right? Don’t mess this up. Start researching and visiting various venues now because you have to remember that you are also competing with weddings, bridal showers, bar/bat mitzvah and anniversary parties for the same party space. VSMom Tip: I have no tips.
I almost lost my ‘ish the other day when a mom began asking for referrals for summer camps for her kids. Really lady? Yes, really. Camps have absolutely no respect for our pockets knowing we just finished celebrating Christmas. We haven’t even received our credit card statement (I paid cash for everything this year) for the month and these camps call for a deposit. And yes, you need to pay it or risk losing your spot. Plus, they sweeten the deal with an “early bird” rate. Who made that term up? Brilliant. VSMom Tip: Early Bird rates are happening now and usually end about March.
So folks, you’ve been warned. This post is for you Last Minute Lucy’s and Larry’s who always wait until everything is booked or filled. I told you so!