Flexibility goes hand-in-hand with parenting. You need to bend so you don’t break. I am “the flexible parent”, meaning that I am the main troubleshooter and schedule wrangler for our family. When all the balls are in the air, I’m usually the one anticipating Plan B if everything hits the floor at once. This fits my personality and my desire to be very hands-on with my children. My husband takes care of a lot of things for our family, but it’s not the same role.
Chances are you are either more or less flexible than the other parent in your family. Both of you made do some give-and-take with the schedule, cooking, and other important tasks around the house. But one of you is probably more comfortable with that role than the other.
No matter who does more flexing, it can be challenging task. You have to be willing to let go of your agenda a moments notice and switch things up. You may take changes in stride for a while, even feel competant as a first-responder. But if you feel tired, hungry, or have critical things to accomplish, even the most easy-going parent can feel like pulling their hair out.
A few tips for you when you need to perform that schedule miracle, produce a meal out of thin air, or a zero-in on a sick child:
Sometimes it’s fun to be flexible – it kind of feels like you’re in an action movie, slaying lost homework assignments and schedule mishaps along the way. When it’s time, take on the Elasti-Girl or Elasti-Guy persona and have a little fun with it.
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Last reviewed: 16 Jan 2013