The Wife’s Life: The Top Eleven Reasons to Throw the Schedule Out the Window

By Elizabeth Beller

It feels like all bets have been off the last few months. There’s been loss of life, homes, and even whole neighborhoods with Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac this fall in our two cities of New York and New Orleans. The lucky ones just had no power and a week off normal routine. The weeks leading up to presidential election weren’t exactly a calming influence. To top it off, they say one of the most stressful things about the upcoming holiday season is how everyone’s schedule get’s ripped to shreds. Travel, events, and preparation make it impossible to continue the daily grind. Many may crave that schedule since they’ve just been thrown off of it so intensely. Yet as we’ve learned through the hard knocks of this season (with some recent silver linings!), no matter how well laid the plans life has other ideas. In which case, if you can’t beat it, join it. Rather than strain to stay on course, here are 11 Good Reasons To Throw the Schedule Out.

  • Be Gumby 1 of 11
    Be Gumby
    If you can'tbend you break. Like skyscrapers, we need to be built to bend and sway when seismic shifts occur. And they will.
  • Hit the Road, Jack 2 of 11
    Hit the Road, Jack
    Travel is edifying when kids experience different cultures and ways of life, they grow up well rounded and tolerant
  • Rock and Roll All Night 3 of 11
    Rock and Roll All Night
    It's not the end of the world if it's not 8 or 10 hours straight sleep. Historian Roger Erkich has found that the human body has a natural preference for segmented sleep. Until the industrial revolution, humans used to have a first and second sleep, using the time in between to meditate and reflect, which lowered stress levels. So if the kids fall asleep in the car on the way back from an unexpected trip to the pumpkin patch or Mayflower reenactment only to wake up from 7pm to 10pm, just think of it as getting back to their roots.
  • Any Excuse to Celebrate 4 of 11
    Any Excuse to Celebrate
    Holidays always justify hauling the schedule out the window, and we're hitting high season. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah, right through National Humiliation Day (jan 3rd), If Pets Had Thumbs Day (March 3rd), Waffle Day (March 25th), Lost Sock Memorial Day (May 9th), all the way through Pandemonium Day (July 14th) and Be Bald and Free Day (Oct 14th) because I'll take whatever I can get.
  • Brain Food 5 of 11
    Brain Food
    The brain enriches its network of dendrites and neural passageways every time it processes new experience. So if you want your kids too keep up with cutthroat and skyrocketing expectations for grades, extracurriculars, community service, ivy league admissions and Olympic physical prowess, and the need to be cool on top of all that, skip school and go ice skating or the movies (or mourn your lost socks) to get those synapses firing!
  • Spice It up 6 of 11
    Spice It up
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!!!!!"
  • Candy For Breakfast! 7 of 11
    Candy For Breakfast!
    Jumping off the healthy food wagon occasionally is good for you! Constant denial of treats can lead to dietary defiance and create a binger. We like Sweet Sundays.
  • Speak, Memory 8 of 11
    Speak, Memory
    I know some people remember much of their childhood, but for the majority of us it's one long, rather blurry, montage of highlights. Really, how many of you remember brushing your teeth or your exact bedtime routine? But I bet you remember visits to family on holidays and birthdays. Give them highlights! Have a party! Take the day off school and work (and give an employee a day) to go apple picking!
  • Happy Face 9 of 11
    Happy Face
    Going off course makes them HAPPY! Nothing's as scrumptious as your kid, happy!
  • Coming Home 10 of 11
    Coming Home
    Half the fun of shattering a schedule is getting back on it. How nice, after a week away in an exotic locale, after thrills, fun, odd hours, unusual sights, sounds and smells, to come back to home sweet home?
  • It Goes Up To Eleven 11 of 11
    It Goes Up To Eleven
    This is the Spinal Tap moment. Like Nigel's amp, put it up to 11. It's louder than 10. Do more. No one on their death bed wishes they had done less.


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