It is almost back to school time for us and I am SO sad. Most people are surprised when I say that. The usual response is, “But you work, right? So what is the difference?” I totally get what they mean, because technically… they are 100% correct. I still have to drop my kids off each morning and I still don’t get home until about 6:30pm. So why would I care if its summer or not?
Here’s why this working mom will REALLY miss summer:
We get to wake up later: School starts EARLY. We have to get out the door by 7:30am once the official school year is underway. But during the summer my son goes to camp, and he doesn’t have to get there until 9AM! Woohooooo! This makes all of our mornings better. I can let my kids sleep in as long as they want, since they never wake up later than 8:15. (and even that late is rare) There is no rush to eat breakfast, pack up backpacks or look for a clean uniform. The entire morning is more laid back. We chat… eat breakfast slowly… have a tea party… play Lego’s, whatever we want! I will miss these mornings so much!
|Lots of morning snuggles!|
|Don’t we all look so happy & well rested?|
Staying up late: I know lots of moms who keep their kids on the same sleep schedule throughout the summer, and I totally get it. It is probably the ‘right’ thing to do. However, we let our kids stay up late all summer long. My kids usually go to bed at 8pm during the regular school year. Since I get home at 6:30, we eat dinner at 7, after dinner is baths & showers and then we have to put the kids right to bed. This summer my daughter has been up until about 9pm and my son has been averaging 10pm. My husband and I LOVE it! We have been having so much fun with this extra time… playing tons of board games, making late night ice cream runs, playing video games together, reading books, wrestling, watching movies… I can go on and on. I know my kids need sleep, so this would never work during the school year, but with our later wake-up calls… our late nights are totally do-able and WORTH IT!
|Late night Mario Kart!|
Fewer fights: My son gets a lot of homework. Like a crazy amount, in my opinion. By the time I get to review it (if my husband didn’t have time) it is 7:30 at night, and who wants to re-do any homework at that time? No one! So we usually have our fair share of fights over homework or missed assignments. This summer it has been so nice not to deal with those battles.
|Relaxing after work… No homework for anyone!|
|Ice Cream… why not? It’s SUMMER!|
|We enjoyed LOTS of fun cousin time!|
Less to do: The school year is busy. There are class parties, plays, book fairs and lots and lots of birthday party invitations. While I really don’t mind most of these things… I’m not going to lie, it is nice to have a few months off.
|We hit up all the indoor play places when we needed to beat the heat|
|We love the beach!|
|Bye, summer! We will miss you!|
So there you go… 4 reasons why this working mom is bummed that summer is over. How do you feel about the start of the school year? Do you like getting back into a regular routine?