My Summertime Woes
School is officially over for all the kids – except L who goes to “school” (a/k/a daycare) all year. I have read on Facebook, the past couple weeks, posts and comments from friends who are happy summer is here.
Some of these friends are teachers so that’s understandable – 2 months off. However, for those who are parents, especially working parents, how can they be THAT that happy?
Summer stresses me out completely with the kids. School is my rock, my 9 month, 180-day guaranteed place for the kids M-F, 9-3.
Sure there are breaks, in-service days, holidays and snow days but for the most part, school is a constant. I don’t have to worry about who is going to watch the twins while I am at work. I don’t have to come up with activities to keep them occupied once the tv, Ipod Touch, Legos, toys, dvds, etc. become boring after an hour.
When school is in session, I also don’t have to use up all my vacation/sick time because camp is over and there are still three weeks until school starts back up.
I guess my complaining is moot, after all, there will always be a summer break. Don’t get me wrong, I like summer – longer days (except when trying to get the kids to bed while the sun is still out), beach trips and afternoons at the pool.
Summer break just stresses me out a little and, more importantly, makes me have to adapt to yet another morning/evening routine with the kids. Seriously, you have no idea how much time is added to mornings when you have to apply sunscreen to 4 squirming boys (lol!).
That being said, I guess I need to focus more on the positive and appreciate that the boys are still kids, kids who get excited to play in the sprinkler at camp and will still let me apply the sunscreen.
I’ll leave you with this. When the twins and I pulled into camp this morning, M was commenting to me about the awesome playground (I must admit, the playground at this school is 110x better than the one at the twins’ school – in the same town). Our conversation went something like this:
M: Mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy?? Do you see the playground? You see it?
Me: Yeah, that’s a pretty cool playground. Did you guys go outside yesterday?
M&J (in unison): YEESSSS
Me: Did you have fun?
M: Yes. Mom, mommy, mom…do you see that circle thing over there? (pointing out the window in the 3rd row of the van as I am driving).
Me: What? That thing? Yeah I see it. That looks cool (hoping I am looking at the right piece of equipment)
M: Yeah..it’s the boys’ secret playhouse. No girls allowed. We sit underneath and pretend it is our spaceship and we have lockers for our space suits.
Me: Do you? Wow!! No girls allowed at all? Not even 1?
M: No, no girls!
Ahhhh to be almost 7 years old again!
Happy Tuesday everyone, thanks for reading.