It’s that time of the year, School’s Out For Summer! The kids are happy, as parents we are happy. That is, we’re happy the first few days because we don’t have to be up at the butt-crack of dawn. On the other hand, you now have kids home with you all day that needs entertaining. Or do they?
I’m all about putting some fun activities together for our kids during summer vacation, but they also need to figure it out! Go do something productive child! No, I don’t want to hear about the number of times your sister has told you to shut up. I don’t care that the other one is staring at you and I MOST definitely don’t care about them interrupting your facetime chat with your friends. I’m sure you can already tell this post isn’t going to be your typical schedule of baking, craft time, playdates, lessons, lunch with friends, etc. Nope! That isn’t me. Well, we do have lesson time daily. Each child has a SummerBridge workbook they must work in each day to ensure they stay ahead of the game for the upcoming school year.
Sometimes they whine about being bored. After I stare at them like they have antlers growing out of their head they usually walk away and stay away for awhile. Our kids attend at least one summer camp of their choice each year, along with at least two trips. Do you REALLY think I care about you being bored? No! Go outside to play, read a book, watch T.V. or better yet go clean my baseboards. Yeah, by the 3rd time of telling me how bored they are, I kindly hand over a bucket, with water and cleaner and a toothbrush to clean my baseboards. Those jokers get a good ole scrub at least once a year. My eldest daughter is finally getting hipped and keeps her mouth shut. The other two still have a few years to catch on. And I will take it! LOL
So, what will MomJonz do this summer? Work. Yes indeed. This gal will work all summer. Being mommy never ends. My kids still need to eat, need to get to their camps, need yelling at about taking the dogs out, hubby still needs his pat on the butt as he heads out the door. Yeah, I love giving DadJonz a smack on the booty as he walks out each morning (he says I have a dominance issue. Oh, but he loves it! Ha ha). Chores still need to be done and yes, the kids are responsible for those too.
What does our typical week look like? Let me break it down
9/9:30 – Breakfast
10-noon (some days till 1 with a break at 11) – Clients. The kids need to figure something out at this time
noon/1 (some days if I have clients till 1) – Lunch
Rest of day – Go figure it out
This is an example of a week without camps or travel. I’m sure some of you are gasping right now. How dare this mom be home all day with her kids and she doesn’t entertain them? We have three well mannered, intelligent, independent children. There’s three of them, entertain one another. Children do not need to be entertained all day, every day. I may be home every day, but I also run a business. Running my own business allows me to be here with our children, have fun with them and get out to explore. Trust me, these girls explore and have fun. They are just like every typical kid. They want and complain about everything. When School’s Out For Summer parents get that feeling of guilt. The guilt of not being with their children all day because the kids are at school or mom and dad are at work. No! No! Don’t fall for it. Quality time is far greater than quantity. Summer is a great time for kids to learn a bit of independence. You don’t have to plan out every hour of their day. You don’t even have to get out of the house every day.
What can you do to keep your kids somewhat out of your hair?
Give them chores – me personally, I have a cordless vacuum cleaner and give my two little ones $2 each time they vacuum the house. I’d personally recommend a cordless vacuum as they are handy if you need to do spot cleaning.
Work on lessons to ensure they don’t lose skills at school – tell them what to do and let them go at it. They can ask for help as they need it
Get a water hose and send them outside to play in sprinklers
Turn the TV on for awhile each day- your child will be ok watching a bit of TV each day
Let them make friends in the neighborhood – don’t be that helicopter parent that feels you have to control who they play with at all times.
When I tell people I have to work on my summer schedule; it’s to ensure I have the correct weeks marked for summer camps, my work schedule, and vacations. I don’t sit down to plan out every waking moment of my children’s days. Why? Kids need to learn to figure it out and learn to be bored.
But, MomJonz. If I don’t have activities planned for them each day, they will drive me up the wall. Well, that may be true, but it will pass. If you plan activities for them every day, you will be broke and have children that feel they must be entertained in life. Encourage them to be creative and do things for themselves and alone. Of course, this is all within age appropriate levels. In a nutshell, don’t feel like you must cater to your children this summer. They will be ok playing alone or even just sitting on the couch being bored.
I saw this video the other day and had to laugh. Southern Momma Video Watch this video, it cracks me up. We all feel this way at some point during summer vacation. Enjoy your summer with your children. Hug them and love them. And remember, it’s ok not to have every waking moment planned and filled with activities. Come back to read more survival of summer vacation and the craziness my kids will pull. I promise they will act a fool up in here!
Don’t feel alone; all parents have those days!!!!
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