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Doesn't matter if you live in Whitby, Oshawa or Pickering, if you have kids, it's time to get out that calendar because it's registration time.
Well, sorry to burst everyone's peaceful bubble, but in case you haven't heard, it's registration time across Durham. It's time to either rush out or on the phone or the net and register your baby, child, teenager or all three in their winter programs.

If you're an organized parent, you registered your kids back before Christmas and you're now smugly reading this knowing that you have your winter schedule all locked up - feel free to move onto something else. If, however, you are like me and many parents out there, you're trying to figure out whether Katie should swim or play hockey, or both, and whether Michael should do the same. To those of you reading this without kids, this might seem like something so simple that it's not worth discussing, BUT if you have kids, especially more than one or two, you know much better.

First, depending on the age of your child/kid, parents might experience some post holiday attitude or disinterest where your kid doesn't really seem interested in anything at all, but being the experienced parent that you are, you also know that this is temporary and if you don't get Mike into swimming, you know that when he finally gets out of that holiday haze that you'll never hear the end of it.

Second, if you have more than one kid, scheduling rules dictate that you can't 'really' have both kids in a program at the same time, unless you are blessed with someone who can share the driving and attending, depending on the child's age. You also need to keep in mind as you try to schedule that there are important school dates, holidays, vacations and appointments coming up, which adds a little bit more challenge to the mix.

Third, the experienced parent also knows that there is at least a 30% chance that the one program that might fit into your life perfectly, and that your daughter must have, is already full. I wish I could provide some sage words to help you get through this, but alas, all you can really do is start over again.

Last, parents must also naively try to include some 'parent time' in the registration schedule to try and fit in that yoga class, dinner, or bath that you so dearly desire but know you probably won't get (but you can dream - can't you?).

So, now that we know the challenges and dangers that lurk, it's time to pick up that phone, or click that mouse and register knowing that you have a few last days before you'll actually have to open a calendar again. Be strong!