Summer is the time for great weather, friends and fun times at the pool.
And it is.
But, I’m not going to lie, I can’t wait for school to start.
I’m a creature of habit, and now it seems my children are as well. I like knowing what we are going to do each day and not feeling like I’m scrambling to come up with activities and ways to fill the time. I’ll admit it, I’m not crafty or clever like that.
Don’t get me wrong, I love being around my kids. I will be so sad this year because my daughter will be going to preschool five mornings a week. It’s not that I want them out of the house, I actually don’t.
However, I do want a schedule back to my life.
And yes, I know, I could actually try to coordinate and plan things each week. Sometimes I do. But most days, I’m taking them to the pool, the zoo and any other last minute activity that gets us out of the house and doing something together.
My daughter was in camp this past week and at pick-up the teachers showed us how to make the same crafts they did but in our own homes. I laughed under my breath because I’m fairly certain that unless someone breaks into my home and puts a weapon to my head, I’m not going to be able to figure them out.
Geez, I feel like I need a master’s degree in crafting just to survive as a preschool parent.
It’s not just me, my children need schedules too.
Each day they ask me what we are doing today. And each day I frantically search online or call friends to make a plan for the day. I am truly amazed at folks who homeschool. It’s not my thing but WOW, if you can plan and discipline yourself in such a fashion, that’s seriously impressive.
I have two more months of summer to get through.
In the meantime, I’ll just keep telling myself to relax and try to enjoy these moments together. And heck, if that doesn’t work, I just might start Googling craft projects. Ha-ha, yeah, that made me laugh — again.
Danielle Herzog is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom to two children.
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