The Love/Hate Relationship with Summer

summer_kids_swimmingSummer vacation is just around the corner and while I’m looking forward to slower mornings and less structure, there’s a part of me that is starting to panic.  With year round schooling we have had several mini breaks throughout the year so it shouldn’t be a big deal, right? Well, no – but it is anyway.

Summer break is longer and for some reason there are higher expectations to fill it with a variety of fun and educational activities.  All of those activities take planning and guidance and endless driving around the city.

It’s not that I mind, I like the activities as much as my kids, and sometimes more.  What’s making me sweat is that unless I make a conscious daily effort, the chances of me making some real progress on my book during summer break, are slim.

I don’t like extra effort when I can avoid it.  It’s a personality flaw that one day I’ll get under control.  I always look for the easiest way to get from start to finish.  If the laundry needs folding, I’ll often wait until the kids are at school so I can listen to my favorite podcasts undisturbed while I work.  I could just as easily do it while they are scrambling around me, but why?

It’s the same with writing, although the need for focus is greater, where I wait until the kids are at school and the youngest is sleeping before I even bother to start. If it weren’t for my deadlines I would do the same for blogging.  I write this as my middle child is arguing with me about the fact that she has to get dressed before she can go outside.  Distracting? Heck yeah.  I might be strange and a bit lazy but I do have standards.

All this means is that it’s time to do some serious plotting and planning on the best and hopefully most economical way for everyone, myself included, to have a phenomenal summer.

 

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “The Love/Hate Relationship with Summer

  1. One of these days your kids will be old enough to occupy themslves for a while, and you will rejoice. I only have one, so I know your experience is x100, but life became less stressful when he reached the point of not needing 100% attention all the time. Hang on!

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    • I’m starting to get the impression that I whine too much about the whole kid thing, it is getting much better, at least now I have ways of creating those much needed quiet moments. Youngest is now old enough to have a favorite movie or two that I know he’ll curl up and watch for awhile.

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      • It’s a tough thing to deal with. One minute you are a young newlywed having a good time, and the next minute you are your parents.

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