When you have children at different schools, I suppose it’s inevitable that there is going to be a clash at some point.
We’ve been spoilt by having ours at primary school together for so long. Even though up until this year, 2 were technically in Infants and two were in Juniors, the schools co ordinated their concerts and parents’ evenings and there was no clashing.
Now DD1 is at secondary school in a different county, there is no such consideration. And so, it was with a sinking heart I opened the weekly Parentmail and read the date of the music concert. It is the same date as DD3′s Christmas concert.
Our youngest daughter’s concert is selling tickets for a daytime session as well as an evening show, so theoretically DH and I could go and see her on stage at 9:30 am, and then both attend our eldest’s concert that evening. But first we’d have to find a baby sitter that can get to us for around 6:15pm and is happy to put the kids to bed, and then find someone who can pick up DD3 for her show and drop her home again. And we mustn’t forget DD2 who needs dropping off and picking up from Brownies as well.
So it’s probably best if one of us goes to DD3′s morning concert, and one goes to the evening one. That means only one will go to the secondary school concert and we’d still need a babysitter for the younger ones as they can’t really go to the concerts.
Or maybe we could both go to the morning show and one can stay home during the evening to do all the picking up and dropping off, as well as bedtime.
But will DD1 be upset if we don’t both come and watch her sing/ perform? Will DD3 be upset if she has to perform when there is no parent to watch her? When you have more than one child, you can’t please all of the children all of the time, that’s for sure…
It’s all too much sometimes, so I’m going to file it away in the ‘Too Hard’ box for a couple of days and hopefully the answer will eventually become clear.
In the mean time, can anyone out there tell me if they have a family plan for diary clashes? There must be others out there that this happens to!