Between now and September, I’m sure you’ll read at least twenty Back to School articles and blog posts. The topics ranging from what to make for lunch to how to save money on school supplies. None of them really say what we’re all thinking, that this is the most wonderful time of the year.
When I was a work outside the home mom, I dreaded back to school. All back to school meant was more work. The summer had passed much like the school year did, we got the kids up at the same time, dropped them off at the sitter instead of school and went to work. In the evenings, instead of fighting over unfinished school work we could enjoy the outdoors as a family. Summers for this work outside the home mom, were in a word, awesome. Then school would start again and the added stress of did they get their stuff done, are they behaving, phone calls from the nurse’s office and fights over school work were just exhausting. I couldn’t wait for the school year to be over with so we could fall into the more relaxed summer schedule.
Then things changed and I became a stay at home mom. After the first week of no school I realized, summer vacation sucks. How many more weeks do I have? It wasn’t that the kids were home, it was that they were home and didn’t know what to do with themselves and I didn’t know what to do with them. There are only so many times you can go to the pool in a week before you want to scratch your skin off.
Two summers later, I’m happy to report that I have figured out what to do with the kids during the summer and while they are tiring, its not horrible. I still look forward to the day when Walmart starts to pack up all the Fourth of July merchandise and replace it with the wonderful smell of crayons, white out and loose leaf paper. It’s magical, like twinkle lights and snow on Christmas Eve.