The Fix is in

It finally arrived. My little surprise package of Stitch Fix goodies arrived on my doorstep last week. I was super excited to open it up and see what my stylist had selected for me. If you’re not familiar with Stitch Fix, click here to read my earlier blog about this nifty subscription wardrobe service.

I tried hard to keep my expectations low, since my stylist – Taryn – doesn’t really know me yet. I told myself to keep an open mind and be willing to try new things.

I received four pieces of clothing and one necklace. Here’s the lowdown on each piece:

  • Kut from the Kloth black shift dress – I asked my stylist for something a little dressy, that would be appropriate for an anniversary dinner and could transition into the holidays. This black dress with lace on the shoulders is loose fitting, which I’m not used to, but is really pretty, classic and totally versatile. It was $98, a little pricier than I was hoping, but after modelling it for the fam, I decided it was a keeper. (Wow…sorry about the messy closet!)

    Kut from the Kloth Antonella dress, $98
    Kut from the Kloth Antonella dress, $98
  • Annetta metal lace necklace – I have to say I LOVE this piece. It really is a great accessory to the plain black dress. It is definitely something I would never have picked out on my own. I am excited to wear it with a number of different things. It is priced at $34.
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  • 41Hawthorne Potina Draped Cardigan – this sweater was really cute. The stripes on the inside were very unexpected and playful. It was great quality – you could tell just by the feel. It was priced at $68 and because it was a little too big, I decided to return it.IMG_0695
  • Mavi Skinny Jean – putting these jeans on, they felt like butter. Honestly, SO comfortable…they had just the right amount of stretch. However, after wearing them around the house for a bit, I could tell they were going to become that annoying pair of jeans that you’re forever pulling up. They were $98, and I just couldn’t justify spending that on a pair of jeans that just didn’t fit perfectly.IMG_0689
  • Alice Blue floral print blouse – pictured above – was super sweet. I hesitated on flowers for fall, but because it’s black and is a great layering piece, I decided to keep it. I am a sucker for florals!! I love the cute V-shaped neckline and it can be worn loosely tucked in or out. Great casual piece that can be dressed up or down. It is priced at $44.

So, in the end, I kept three out of five pieces, which means I didn’t qualify for the 25% off my entire order. But my $20 styling fee was deducted from my total purchase. With the discount, I paid $167.44.

I have to say that I was impressed with Fix #1. Taryn did a really great job at picking things out for me. I actually really liked everything she sent, and the returns were mostly for size. I think we’re on to something!

Something else I really like about Stitch Fix is the styling cards you receive with your clothes The cards give you ideas on how to style your new pieces, to dress them up or down. It is really helpful, especially for those who don’t know what goes with what.

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I will continue with Stitch Fix up until the holidays, and then maybe take a break after that. I like the idea of using the service 4 times a year when the season changes. All in all, I’d say I’m hooked!

P.S. I’m working on my closet!!

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Ok Moms, I’m ready for a fashion “fix”

I finally did it! After chatting with a friend about how much she enjoys the subscription wardrobe service Stitch Fix, I decided I needed to give it a try.

I think this may just be the thing many busy moms are looking for – the desire to ditch the yoga pants, look cute and stylish and never have to leave your own home! It’s been a while, but I do remember what it was like to shop with babies and toddlers. 😉

Stitch Fix is a San Fransisco-based company which has been gaining popularity in the U.S. but, sadly, is not available yet in Canada.

Courtesy: Stitch Fix
Courtesy: Stitch Fix

With cooler weather just around the corner (I hope), I am excited to pull out jeans, sweaters, boots and scarves. Fall seems like a great time to give my wardrobe a little “fixing” up.

All of my friends know I love to shop…I’ve even been known to lose a toenail in the process of hunting down some good deals. So, I’m not sure if Stitch Fix will be a hit or a miss for me.

Here’s how it works:

For $20 a month, an online stylist will hand select 5 pieces of clothing for you based on the Stitch Fix profile you fill out. (Take your time, this is very important – give yourself 20 minutes). You let them know your sizes, preferred colors, and your overall style whether it be casual chic, preppy, Bohemian chic, classic, romantic or edgy. (They provide pictures of each style, so it’s easy to figure this part out)

For each Fix you can specify the colors and type of clothing you are looking for and if you are planning to wear them to an upcoming party or special occasion. You can choose whether to receive just clothes, or also add in accessories, coats and purses. Stitch Fix encourages you to join Pinterest and create a board of all the looks you love and also make that part of your profile. The more your stylist gets to know what you like, the better your Fixes should be. And, you can schedule your shipment to arrive whenever you like – you may choose to do it monthly, quarterly, etc.

I really don’t think Stitch Fix is the place for deals, so if that is what you are looking for, you may be disappointed. The average price of items in a Stitch Fix box is $55-65. If you keep one item, the $20 styling fee is deducted from the price. If you keep all 5 items, you receive 25% off your entire order. And, if you don’t keep any of the items, you simply return them by dropping them in the mail, but you will lose your $20.

Courtesy: The Stitch Fix Blog
Courtesy: The Stitch Fix Blog

The concept really intrigues me and I’m curious to know if someone can actually pick out things that fit and that I will love based on an on-line profile and so called “algorithm”.  This whole idea of “fashion technology” and customization is fascinating to me – is it the way of the future? Does it beat endlessly searching on your own for the right size and color? Or,  trying to track down the elusive sales clerk to unlock the fitting room door?  Well, I am ready to find out.

Reviews of Stitch Fix are mixed.  Many women enjoy the personalized service and the ability to try things on in the comfort of their own home. After using it for a while, they seem to develop a real rapport with their stylist. Other users complain the on-line stylists don’t listen to the feedback they provide and they can find the same stuff elsewhere for less money.

So, I have signed up and am currently awaiting my Fix. I will let you know when the box arrives at my door. Gotta say, I’m kind of excited!

In the meantime, let me know what you think about the idea of a subscription wardrobe service. Have you used Stitch Fix or another online styling tool? Do you think it’s a waste of money or a brilliant idea?

Surviving a move with teens and tweens

Have you noticed the for sale signs going up in your neighborhood? It’s spring, and that means moving season.

In fact, it was exactly three years ago this week that we packed up and moved from Canada to The Woodlands, Texas. All of us, especially the kids, had mixed emotions about our big move. But, I really had no idea how difficult the transition was going to be.

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It all hit home the day my middle daughter had a complete meltdown walking home from school. We’d been here just a few weeks and the weather was already a sweltering 95 degrees (35 C). She dropped her backpack on the sidewalk, tore at the neck of her sweat-soaked shirt and shouted through tears, “I want to move back to Canada…where the weather is perfect!” Hahahaha…tell that to most Canadians!!

I hadn’t realized just how lonely she was feeling at school. She was missing her friends back home and didn’t feel like part of her new class. When all the kids were exchanging yearbooks, she didn’t have one. And, she wasn’t pictured in any of the year end slideshows. To a kid, that stuff matters.

It was a long, hot summer. Where was everybody?? No bikes, no soccer balls, no laughing children in the cul-de-sac. I finally figured out they were all seeking refuge in their air-conditioned homes!!

As my youngest happily cooled off in our backyard pool, my oldest started having mysterious stomach pains. Initially, I thought she’d come down with a stomach bug from the water park, but when it persisted for weeks, I finally took her to the doctor. There was no “official” diagnosis, but the doctor suggested she might be having anxiety related to the move, the loss of her social network and fear of starting a new school in the fall. Everything that was familiar to her…was gone.

She spent hours texting, Facetiming and Skyping friends back home, and I worried that maybe it was too much. Wasn’t it time to move on? For a while, it seemed like she was focusing on her old friends at the expense of making new ones. Was it a good idea for her to go back and visit, or bring her friends here? We tried everything, but only with time…and patience, did she find her new normal. I’m happy to say she still has close connections with her old friends thanks to social media.

It took a full year for The Woodlands to begin to feel like home and now we love it here. But seeing the for sale signs reminds me of all the change – good and bad – a family must go through when relocating. I’ve compiled a list of what I hope are helpful tips to ease the transition:

  • Talk to your children, stressing the positives of the move and the new location. It’s important to be honest with them, and acknowledge their fears, but always try to remain upbeat about the new experience. Your kids will feed off of your emotions.
  • Pre-move visit – it helps for kids to see where they are moving. Let them check out the neighborhood, local parks, etc. so they can visualize themselves in their new surroundings. Involve them in the house-hunting process, just be careful they don’t get their heart set on a house in case the real estate deal falls through.
  • Phone a friend – if possible, try to connect with other moms who are already living there. For me, the advice I received from the wife of my husband’s co-worker was invaluable. I find you will always get the “real deal” from other moms.
  • The internet is your friend – use it to research schools, doctors, dentists, dance studios, swim clubs, or hockey teams. It can sometimes be hard to find a doctor or pediatrician accepting new patients, so get on those lists early. Same goes for pre-schools and private schools. Once there, go for a visit and talk to the staff to make sure what you read on the internet is true.
  • Get documents in order – most schools require birth certificates (now you need the long-form version), vaccination records, transcripts and report cards. You may also need your marriage certificate and marriage license. It’s so much easier to gather this stuff ahead of time, rather than trying to track it down during the middle of packing and un-packing.
  • Be prepared for tutoring – moving to a different province, state or even school district may come with different standards and curriculum expectations. And that’s ok. Be open to any extra support or tutoring the school may recommend. It doesn’t mean your child is “behind”, it just means they are behind where this particular school district wants them to be.
  • Talk to your kids’ teachers ahead of time. Let them know a little about your child’s personality, and what he/she may need during those first few weeks. Also, ask if there is a “buddy” who could be paired with your child to show them around the school. My daughter is still good friends with the class ambassador who be-friended her on the first day.
  • Sign up for kids’ activities sooner, rather than later – getting kids involved early on can minimize their feelings of loss and loneliness. It’s a great place for them to meet new friends and gets them back to doing what they love
  • Be the host – it’s likely that for the first few months, you may have to be the host of play dates, outings and eventually sleepovers. You might even offer to host a neighbourhood or class party. No one knows your child, so what better way to break the ice?
  • Join something fun – give yourself permission to join a gym, book club, take dance lessons or volunteer. Try to get out and mingle. Not everyone handles change well and moving can be a trigger for depression; it’s important to stay active and engaged with others. After all, you need friends too!
  • Don’t feel guilty — expect that your kids will complain, but don’t let them make you feel guilty for “ruining their life.” They are kids, they will adjust, and it will be harder for teens than young ones. I honestly believe that moving teaches kids some great life skills – how to make friends, be easy-going and adapt to all of the curve balls life is going to throw at them.
  • Relationship TLC – moving is busy and stressful. The extent of conversation with your spouse may be limited to “Did the cable guy come yet?” and the ever so innocent…”Wow, those boxes aren’t unpacked yet??” Make time to just set all the moving stuff aside, pour yourselves a glass of wine and talk. If you can sneak a night out, then go for it, especially once you find a great babysitter.

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What a huge learning curve we all went through during that first year. Of course, there were so many great memories too – seeing my first magnolia tree, having our first Blue Bell ice cream (before the listeria outbreak, of course!) and meeting great neighbours who’ve become dear friends.

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Getting used to “y’all” took a little time. I’m still having trouble with “all y’all’s” as a plural possessive?! We drank a lot of “sweet tea” that summer and I quickly got up to speed on Tex Mex lingo. Now if I go to a potluck, I know what pico and queso are!

When moving, it’s so easy to focus on what you don’t have anymore, but in the end, you have all you need ~ each other!

Please comment below if you’d like to share your moving experience, or if you have any other advice for moms who are getting ready for this big transition.

I’d like to thank my friend and real estate agent Wendy Kelman for contributing to this post.

Upcycling ~ Vince Camuto style

Hey Mamas! I am here to dish about some great deals I’ve found lately at some of my new favorite places to “upcycle”. I like to think of myself as thrifty, though I’m sure my husband would laugh out loud at that one!

Ok, so I’m not a coupon-cutter, and I won’t drive all the way across town just to buy cheaper gas, but I do like to re-use stuff that is in perfectly good shape, but just needs a new home. Gosh, don’t we all like to find a great deal? I’m not saying you won’t see me at the mall browsing through my favorite stores, but I also love to check out consignment stores, used furniture places, antique barns and the like.

I really became interested in consigning clothing when I worked in the television industry. We were lucky enough back then to receive an allowance to help purchase on-air clothing, but it was never really enough. Plus, I always thought it was in bad taste to wear the same outfits over and over again every week. So…I would sell my “gently used” clothes, mainly blazers, and use the money to buy new ones. Often, I would find great stuff at the consignment store in Calgary’s Willow Park, and I always thought it would be funny if the previous owner called up the station one day to say that they saw their jacket on-air! Thankfully, that never happened.

The other day I checked out a new store that opened just across from the Woodlands; it’s called Style Encore – love the name! It’s not a traditional consignment store, since they buy your stuff right there while you wait. It’s huge!! Rows and rows of clothing, all of it color-blocked so it makes it easier to find that little black dress or red blouse for the Christmas party. There are also tons of shoes; I don’t like to wear other people’s shoes, but that’s just a personal preference.

I hit it big in the handbag section. I have been wanting a quality and classic-looking brown leather bag for fall. I checked some out at Nordstrom’s the other day and just can’t bring myself to pay $500 for a purse. At Style Encore, I found a Vince Camuto brown leather bag for $45!!

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It’s in great condition, has a beautiful clean interior, lots of pockets and is the shape I wanted. I did have to take it home and wipe down the leather to make it sparkle 😉 Seriously, this bag brand new would have cost between $250-$300! I am still giddy about it. The “teen” version of Style Encore is called Plato’s Closet,  located just next door.

Children’s clothing is another huge consignment or re-sell market. Once Upon A Child and Kid to Kid are two well known stores around here. As the kids grow older, and their sense of style changes, I often find myself taking loads of clothes to sell at the consignment store. I made $17 on the last go around; not a lot, but it all goes into “Mommy’s secret stash” envelope. It adds up after a while.

These stores allow you to earn more money for your stuff if you choose to take it as store credit, and Style Encore even had a return policy.

I think furniture and home accessories may be one of the very BEST things to upcycle because there’s no weirdness about wearing other people’s stuff. Somehow, someone else’s table or picture on the wall seems a little less personal, you know what I mean? There was a great little used furniture place not far from my home that I checked out regularly.

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I found some great stuff there like this two-tone wood side table and one of the mirrors above.

Looking at the wall, can you tell which one came from the used furniture store and cost a third of the price of the one from Pottery Barn?? It’s the white rectangular one (the brown circular one underneath is from PB). Woodlands Online is a great site for buying and selling used furniture and accessories, among other things. Other stores to check out are Still Goode Consignments in Spring and just down the road is Estate Buyouts, Resale and More.

If you are a DIY type of person, you can really work some magic on some older furniture pieces, that may have a few nicks and scratches. My friend Juanita over at Prairie Vintage Revival is amazing at this!! I also love to check out the Thrifty Decor Chick blog, to read about Sarah’s latest cool project – she is super handy with a can of spray paint!

What’s really great is that my girlfriends also enjoy the thrill of the hunt. We had such fun a few weeks ago on a girls’ trip where we went “antiquing” up in Round Top, TX. We didn’t really end up buying that much (antiques can be pricey!) but we did come home with a few very unique pieces. 

A few things to remember about consigning or re-selling clothing, toys and furniture:

  • you won’t get rich selling your stuff, but it’s better at their store, than cluttering up your closet
  • if you are selling, your stuff should be in good condition, clean with all zippers and buttons (dry-cleaned if necessary)
  • don’t try to sell toys with lead or recalled items; that’s just not cool.
  • be clear about how you will get paid – cash on the spot, or by check in the mail. As I have learned from experience, if you receive checks as payment cash them right away. Sometimes these stores may close on a whim, and you’re hooped!
  • be sure to tell them if you want to pick up or donate your items that didn’t sell.
  • shop often because merchandise turns over quickly and watch for markdowns
  • second-hand stores in nicer, more affluent areas (hello Woodlands and surrounding area!) tend to have better stuff

Have fun shopping! Please comment below about some of your great “finds” and let us know where some of the best deals are in your city or town.

Are your teens suffering from the FOMO Syndrome, the quest for “likes” and other social media pitfalls?

Wow, it has been a long time since I last blogged. My apologies, but I felt compelled to write after attending an informative and enlightening book group discussion sponsored by my daughter’s school.

I think it’s great that our school takes the time to organize Parent Coffees and Book Group Discussions at Barnes and Noble (with a Starbucks, of course!) I love that our school cares about its students AND its parents.

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The book up for discussion was It’s Complicated…the social lives of networked teens by Danah Boyd. I’ve got to be honest…I didn’t read the book (bow head in shame) so I really can’t critique it. I heard it is research-based, and not really written by or for parents. I was expecting to learn from the book, but instead learned from the other women in the room.

About 25 moms showed up – all of us worried that our kids are addicted to social media, that they are missing out on life experiences and relationships because they’re always on their phones. And mostly, as parents of freshman through to seniors, we’re worried they are going to royally screw up on social media, and that it could hurt their chances for success in the future. (We’ll get to the beer and bikini pictures later).

The general consensus among moms was that girls are more involved in social media than boys but, don’t be fooled, those boys are still “on-line” just as much. Instead, they are spending their time gaming on X-box and Minecraft with opponents across the country  or even around the world.

Our teens are using social media to socialize…the same way we used to hang out at the local convenience store, mall or roller rink (am I dating myself?) Their phones ARE their playgrounds. And, whose fault is that? As parents, we may be contributing to the problem. With our teens so busy and over-scheduled, who has time to go to the park and just hang out anymore? One mom suggested that if a group of 10-15 teens did try to hang out at the mall on a Friday night, they’d probably be questioned by security!! Perhaps, in our quest to raise great children, all the tutoring and private lessons are taking away from time to socialize in person.

We also agreed our teens don’t seem to understand the permanence of what they do on-line. Once you say something mean or nasty, it doesn’t go away…even if you’ve deleted it. It can always be found. The picture of you at the party, with the bottle of beer in the background, has now hurt your reputation. Sure, maybe you weren’t drinking it, and no you didn’t post the picture, but your friend tagged you in it, so now everybody can see it’s you! It may be wrong, but your kid may very well be judged or miss out on an opportunity, because of how they’ve appeared in a photo. Ditto for bikini shots – some moms just thought it was totally inappropriate for their daughters to be posting pictures of themselves in bikinis on their profiles.

As part of the College admissions process, one mom said her teen was asked for passwords to his Facebook and Instagram accounts. Really? But I don’t believe they really even need passwords. If your teen’s privacy settings are not secure, then complete strangers can still see some of their photos, posts, groups they like, etc. We also heard that some admissions personnel are trying to “friend” potential college students to get a look at their profiles. Right or wrong, its seems your teen’s Facebook or Instagram account may now be considered part of their resume!

Another theme that emerged is the FOMO syndrome – The Fear Of Missing Out . Why do our kids seem to think that what everybody else is doing is so much better, so much more exciting and somehow more valuable than what they are doing? Why do they think their lives are so boring? My daughter sees Instagram pictures of her friend’s trip to Paris, and now suddenly we must go to Paris too? Puh-lease!!

Like Instagram, apps such as Snap Chat are based on pictures and limited text. The idea that they disappear after 24 hours is false, because anyone can screen shot your Snap Chat and off it goes by text, email or another social media site onto the internet. Case in point: the 24-year-old Texas high school teacher and cheerleading coach who got fired and is now charged after snap chatting a nude picture of herself to a male student, which he then distributed to his friends.

Everyone in attendance agreed the anonymous types of sites, like Yik Yak and ASK FM, are bad news. If you can’t attach your name to it, then is it really worth the question or comment in the first place?

I’m personally annoyed by the obsession with “Likes”. Apparently, a picture isn’t worth posting unless it gets a certain amount of “likes”. Seeing your daughter’s self-confidence plummet because her picture didn’t get as many likes as she expected, is really heart-breaking. I worry that living their lives for “selfies” and “likes” often means they aren’t present in the moment, and may be missing out on real human connection or the beauty of where they are at that moment. It’s also just really silly to always be seeking the approval of others.

The good news about the book group discussion is that I wasn’t surprised or shocked by another new social media tool that I hadn’t heard of. I try hard to stay current with my kids (I still haven’t mastered Snap Chat). But I did learn about the Tinder match-making app the other day… which uses your Facebook profile and GPS technology to allow you to “hook up” with someone in your geographic radius. Thankfully, I believe we are still far away from tinkering with Tinder.

It was also just really good to hear from other people with the same concerns. No one has the right answer; but at least we’re talking. It takes a village, right?

I hope all of this doesn’t sound too negative…there are some really good things about they way our kids use social media. One mom, worried about her son who is new to our school, finds solace in the fact that he is still able to carry on a year-long 3-continent Minecraft game with his best friends. She is puzzled that since re-locating from another country, he is not mourning the loss of the friendships as you’d expect, but is instead using social media to keep the friendships going. Others thought that social media allowed teens to build stronger, more intimate friendships. Saying things over text removes the “awkward” factor for some teens.

Our kids are going to mess up…we know that. It’s all part of growing up. But our kids are doing it so publicly these days. Just think about all of the things you did when you were young. Now imagine, if someone had taken pictures of you and blasted it all over the internet. Scary, huh?  It really all comes down to common sense and communication. We need to sit down with our teens AND tweens and talk about it, because it isn’t going away. With one daughter in high school and another just about to get her first phone, there is no time like the present.

 

Making our children STAAR students

Ok, just have to vent today about the STAAR tests being taken this week by students in Texas.

No, no, it’s not just “any other” test. The STAAR test is a phenomenon down in these parts.  And from what I can tell, not even Texans like it!!

It stands for the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness.  And it would be similar (though much harder, in my opinion) to the PAT (Provincial Achievement Tests) given to students in Alberta and elsewhere in Canada. A key difference here though, is that it is a pass or fail test, which means…if your child doesn’t pass the STAAR, they do not pass the grade.

The pressure being heaped upon our kids to perform is like something I’ve never seen before.

The school is a closed campus this week  – no visitors, no birthday treats, no outdoor recess for any grade. Testing is in progress. The children are also being asked to wear brain stimulating colors  – purple for Reading, blue for Math and green for Science. I’m serious.

We, as parents, as being persuaded to get up extra early (at my house anyway) and make a protein-packed breakfast…bacon and eggs anyone??  Yesterday, they told us to pack a “note of encouragement” in our kids’ lunch boxes! And this one prompted me to write this blog – I got a teacher text (which I normally enjoy) that said “May the Scores Be With You!” Ha, ha…Star Wars, I get it.

But that’s what it’s all about – the scores. I really like my children’s school and teachers, I have a lot of respect for them. But when it comes to STAAR testing, I get annoyed. Isn’t this test supposed to be a reflection of what they’ve learned throughout the year. If the teacher is doing her job, and my child is doing classwork, homework and studying all year long…won’t she do just fine?

I guess not! I did some research which found that educators have determined the STAAR tests are written in a language beyond the child’s grade level. So, even though they may understand the subject matter, they may not understand the question because of the language used. How sad.

I’m not fully up to speed on how the STAAR results and school funding are connected, but clearly there is a link. Each school is striving for the best test scores and the teachers too, as I’ve heard there are hirings and firings based on STAAR class results.

My daughter came home the other day and told me that she thinks she has Test Anxiety. Really, I ask, surprised of where she heard that term??  Then, she hands me a sheet the teacher gave out listing all the symptoms and ways to avoid test anxiety.  She did not sleep well last night –  she was up at least twice, upset that she could not fall asleep,  despite the fact her teacher told her she MUST get a good night’s rest.

Wow…I just don’t get it. I sent her out the door this morning  with a kiss, a hug, and said good luck because to me…the STAAR is just any other test.

Woodlands friends, I would love for you to share your knowledge and experience with STAAR testing. 

Commitment IS a scary word

One thing I noticed about Texans when I first moved here — they take their sports seriously…even, and perhaps especially, kids’ sports.

 

After returning from a recent vacation back home to Canada, I was surprised when my daughter came out of practice…almost in tears…because the coach told her she needed to stop going on so many vacations. Excuse me?

 

Yup, at 10, it seems she is at the crossroads of being a fun, competitive kid or a serious, committed athlete.

 

To be her best, the coach wants her to devote more time to practicing, sometimes even twice a day. Wow…I have to say, I was shocked!! But, I shouldn’t be. I know it takes an insane amount of hard work and dedication to make it to the top, and this particular sporting group does train future Olympians – that’s a fact.

 

I know I am not alone. Regardless of what sport and at what level, there are many of us parents being faced with the same decision – just how much family time do we sacrifice for children’s sports?

 

It’s her passion and she loves it. It helps her gain self-confidence, make new friends and it’s a great lesson in goal-setting and achieving success. We all know the benefits that recreational and competitive sports offer to kids.

 

But…at what expense? Now, we are being asked to curtail our summer vacation so she can attend more practices and competitions. If WE can’t commit, she will be bumped down a level – to the place where she started exactly a year ago and worked so hard to graduate from.

 

I never imagined that I would be faced with such a decision. And, I really never imagined I would feel so torn about what to do.

 

Clearly, it’s about priorities. As a family, we will sit down and decide what to do. I can guarantee there will likely be some grumbling and eye-rolling involved.

 

As usual, we will try to compromise, and come up with solution that works best for our family. I’m just not sure the coach will agree! 😉