Spending New Year’s Eve With Kids: Expectation vs. Reality
New Year’s Eve is a favorite of many people. It’s party time galore that usually ends up with the next day off of work, which means hangover…no problem. Well that was before you became a parent. Now come along the kids. You assume at first the kids are going to add to the joy and fun, but sadly that’s not usually the case.
As the night goes on, you’re left holding a screaming child that just wants to go to sleep and has no idea what is happening. Your explaining that it’s about to become 2018 and seriously, they don’t know what that is and couldn’t care less. You’ve been drinking cocktails all night so you are beginning to burn out which isn’t helping. You think the kids will have fun! They will love all of the streamers, confetti and balloons. The reality of it is, after a night of partying, you’ll be listening to that New Year’s Eve kazoo ALL DAY LONG the next day while you nurse a throbbing hangover headache. It won’t end there though. That kazoo will hang around for at least the next month…minimum!
Well…you can always stay up as a family until midnight watching movies and eating junk food, anticipating the fireworks as it turns 2018. The reality of this is you end up with a child that is so tired that they can’t decide if they want to fuss, cry or better yet…both. As they are crashing from a sugar, popcorn high, you’re crashing from an alcohol high. Don’t forget, you still have the next day to look forward too. The kids will still be crabby and chances are you will be too.
The biggest mis-conception is, “if the kids go to sleep at 12:30 am, they will sleep until noon the next day.” Ha…no chance Mom. Unless they are too sick to even move, kids will rise at the crack of dawn no matter what. They will still be up at 5:00 am and they will be extra grumpy from the lack of sleep. Enjoy that day off and Happy New Year!
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