This week marks the end of structured days of kids in school and the beginning of summer vacation. For kids, this is a magical time of freedom, discovery, and lots of play. For parents, this time comes with mixed emotions. There is no longer the pressure of the morning school rush and all its battles, but there are also whole long days of nothing on the calendar.
For me, I’m looking forward to the change. There are so many fun things I want to do with my kids that were too complicated to manage during school. Now is the time for swimming lessons, day camps, play dates, sleepovers, summer crafts, and lots of outside play.
At the same time I’m terrified. I need structure. The thought of having whole days with nothing on the calendar is very daunting. My first instinct is to go a little crazy and create a mommy school where my kids can grow their minds and hone their skills. There would be field trips where we would have in-depth discussions about science and art. I would become super mom plus, and drive myself crazy planning and creating activities.
Then I realize, I also have a toddler who will make most of these plans really difficult. Having one-on-one time with older children to focus on their needs is super important. Doing it while wrestling a curious toddler is an exercise in patience. Planning outings and activities is harder when nap schedules need to be considered.
This summer can’t all be about the kids either. I have goals as well. I would love to make some real headway on the current draft of my book. To do so requires hours of work at the computer, undisturbed when possible. There will be less of those with the kids home, yet I feel there should be more now that I don’t have to drive the taxi to school and back. This might just be the summer that the kids learn that mommy needs time to work on her projects as well.
I wish I could say I have a brilliant plan about how this is all going to work. With only a few days left I better start making one or the summer is going to slip away before we even get started!
To all those parents out there, good luck! May this summer vacation be the best one yet.