Although I have been anxiously awaiting the end of the school year so that I can have a break from the schedules and the commitments and the whatnots, summer break requires me to make one very big adjustment: getting my work done with the kids at home.
During the school year, I have a few hours of the day at least (my youngest is in preschool) that are nice and quiet and I can take care of house work or blog work or whatever work I choose. I can go to the gym and not worry about child care or go to the grocery store and not worry about tantrums or fits or fights.
With the start of summer break, all of that changes.
I have to “direct activities” and “have everyone go potty before we go to the store” and “feed them lunch”. It’s a big jump from my normal “having a quiet and complete thought” and “accidentally forgetting to feed myself” days. And it’s not easy for me to just suddenly lose that quiet time and have my normal schedule completely upended. I mean, we don’t even have any eggs in the house right now. NO EGGS. Up is down and down is up, people. I cannot bring myself to go to the grocery store on this first Monday of summer break with my children… And so we had toast and cereal for breakfast this morning like the carb addicts we used to be. UGH.
Egg shortages aside, it can be a rough transition for us stay-at-home-parents who treasure quiet, peaceful moments. I just want you to know you are not alone. I love my girls and am quite glad to have them home all day, but this is only our second official day of summer break with both girls at home and I am struggling. I’ve decided I need to reward myself on some days to get me through, so today I let myself sleep in while they started a movie and crunched their cheerios in my just-vacummed living room.
The sleeping was nice, but I know the way to make this work for me is to stick to my normal waking schedule. I know that to get through this summer with time for me and with the mindfulness required to keep them from watching TV 24/7, I have to keep my 6AM alarm. As a non-morning person, it hurts me to admit that. But I know the chaos will hurt me more, so I relent.
Today will be an easy day until we have to get ready for a *gulp* dance recital rehearsal. Tomorrow will be a bit more scheduled as will Wednesday. I make no promises for Thursday. By next week, I’m sure we’ll be all settled in to what will be our normal summer routine, whatever that might become. At least until the next week when my oldest has a day camp… What was I thinking?
Happy summer, y’all. Leave me some summer tips if you’ve got them!