School's Out!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Today is the last (half) day of school for my two oldest sons. In the fall I'll have a kindergartner, a 1st grader, and a 3rd grader. Wow! The only thing that made me sad today was how many parents I heard who were moaning about having their kids home all summer and counting down the days until school starts in the fall. Several people were surprised that I hadn't signed my boys up for summer school in July.

Don't get me wrong, my kids have an ability bordering on a superpower to drive me absolutely crazy! But I can't imagine longing for them to be in school and away from me. And summer school is great - for kids who struggled and need some help before next fall. But my kids have far exceeded expectations this year. They spend almost 10 months out of the year in school; they don't need another 1-2. I'm looking forward to all the time with them this summer. emoticon And heck, when I need some time off I'll take it!

I'm still working hard on my healthy living - hitting the gym 4-5 times a week, walking the dog, eating well, getting enough sleep. I'm not on my game 100% obviously - that would be unrealistic. But I'm doing really well at least 90% of the time. And I've been getting some extra walking in this week. I'm dog-sitting for a friend; he's an absolute sweetheart. But I own a medium sized hound mix, and her dog is a lab. There's no way I can safely and comfortably walk them both together. So who is getting two walks a day (or more)? Yep, that would be me. It's good for me.

Hope you're all having a great week!
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  • CANNIE50
    I have to tell you, I am of both camps. I enjoy my kids but I also enjoy missing them when they are out in the world, whether at school or a camp or some activity. We all have different strengths as parents, I have found. I have been raising kids for nearly 40 years - my oldest is 38, my youngest is 9! I try and cut other parents some slack, since I don't know what they are struggling with, or what their kids struggle with. I have been around some kids who exhaust me within minutes and I find myself feeling great empathy for their parents. Of course, I also admire parents like you who are patient and engaged. I am a big believer in letting children know they are enjoyed (rather than endured). I am also a person who needs some quiet, private time to recharge my batteries and finish a thought or an activity without interruption. So, my challenge this summer is to find a mixture of things my youngest and I can enjoy together, and some things he will enjoy (baseball camp, football camp - basically anything that involves a ball). We are heading out on some road trips (he has made a list of places he would most like to go). We have a favorite spot at a beautiful lake that we (and the dog) enjoy quite often. There will be a mix of busy and lazy, together and apart. I am happy for your children that they have such a loving, involved momma - you are priceless, as you know.
    2966 days ago
    I always felt that way about my kids as well. I liked to have them home in the summer, it felt like time to reconnect after all the business of the school year. And I know you've been told this a million times, but these days go by WAY too quickly. Turn around and you'll have sulky teens. LOL

    Yay on the extra walks and keeping on track. You're doing awesome.

    Though now, after the title of your blog, I'll have Alice Cooper's song stuck in my head all day. It could be worse! emoticon
    2967 days ago
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