Managing during Tishrei

The month of Tishrei is really busy with Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Hoshanah Rabba, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah…and there are 3 sets of 3 day Yom Tovs this year. That means that things get a little crazy around here! How can you and your family stay sane in the midst of all of this celebration?

  • First, let your standards go a little this month. If you always cook fresh food, now might be the time for leftovers. If you change bedding 2 times a week, let it go a little longer between. Whatever you can comfortably let slide a little, now is the time to do it!
  • Don’t take on extra work. Now is not the time to plan to landscape your yard or do a once a month cooking session. Stick with what you have to do. As a homeschooler, I take a little easier than normal this month, and I know that schools are doing the same thing. There is a lot to learn in the preparation for the holidays at home, too!
  • Plan. For me, that means lists: a menu plan (Rosh Hashanah, around Yom Kippur, Sukkot), cooking plan (on my menu plan templates: Rosh Hashanah Menu Template and Sukkot Menu Template), a day-by-day to do list (RH 2011 plan, Yom Kippur, Sukkot 2011 plan), and a checklist for before candle-lighting (RH checklist, Yom Kippur Checklist, Sukkot checklist)
  • Remember to take a break. This month is a lot of work, and you need a chance to recharge your batteries, too.
  • Check in with your family. It’s tough in different ways for everyone! Kids have less structure and less routine, so be sure to take some time to really connect! Other family members may be having a difficult time, too, so check in with them. A night of board games is a good break for us!
  • Delegate what you can. Lists can help you here! The construction of the Sukkah is usually my husband’s domain, decor goes to the kids, and food is from me. But everyone helps everyone else out, and we all work together.
  • Make some memories! We have some traditions, like new PJs for Rosh Hashanah and spiced apple cider for Sukkot. It feels familiar and special, and these are things our kids will remember as they grow!

About Amital

A die-hard listmaker and observant Jewish mommy of 5, managing the challenges of life bit by bit with the help of a Shalom Bayit book and lists. And chocolate, of course. Lots of chocolate.

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