I think I’m losing it. I may have dementia or early onset Alzheimer’s, but I’m hoping it’s just a side effect of having four kids.
Recently, I’ve forgotten to pick up the neighbor’s son from school, sent my husband to pick him up when he didn’t need a ride and arrived to take him to school after being told twice he wasn’t going.
It helps to put things on the calendar, but this also requires actually checking the calendar. Not too long ago, I was in the middle of a work call when my phone chirped. It was a reminder that my 16-year-old had drive time scheduled with the instructor — in 10 minutes. I had to quickly text her to let her know. She was less than pleased.
On several occasions, I’ve received calls from my kids when I’ve totally forgotten to pick them up from an activity. I’ll get sucked into work and lose track of time. Sadly, I sometimes forget to tuck my youngest into bed at night and when I remember, he’s sound asleep with the light on.
I’ve been trying to pass on the responsibility of remembering things to my kids, since clearly it is not my forte. I used to be able to keep many more balls in the air, but I think there are more balls now. Between my job, four kids, three schools, two swim clubs, five different carpools, play rehearsal, rec lacrosse and various other activities — I’m dealing with brain overload. Hopefully, that’s all it is.
FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Life editor Betsy Stein, who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 18, Lilly, 16, Adam, 16, and Jonah, 12.