I’ve got Valentine’s Day on the brain.
(Which is actually quite an accomplishment, as I’m usually “that mom” who only remembers these sorts of things at the last possible second.)
Anyhoo, as soon as I saw it pop up in my calendar, I found myself having flashbacks to our first holiday experience after the kids had started preschool.
Basic gist: I sent my kids to school with a couple of stickers for each of their friends and they came home with massive amounts of homemade crafts and baked goods.
And my husband and I felt like total jackasses.
No one said anything to us about our less than stellar contribution, but we still felt pretty stupid.
When the next holiday rolled around, we toyed with the idea of amping up our treat bag contribution, but in the end decided against it.
The biggest reason?
It just felt weird.
Trying to make a bunch of stuff we didn’t want to make in order to “keep up.”
I’m not even sure who we thought we needed to “keep up” with, as I’m quite certain no one was keeping score.
And I’m willing to bet that for every parent out there like me, feeling a bit inadequate for not going all-in on school holidays, there’s another who is itching to really do it up but holds back for fear of making someone like me uncomfortable.
So to the super creative and crafty parents out there — you rock.
Don’t let the potential insecurities of other parents mess with your mojo.
You do your thing.
As for me, well…
If you’ll excuse me, I’m off to buy some stickers…
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