Part of me is elated. I’m excited about the thought of not having to fight through a morning routine or having to convince anyone that school will be super fun. And, if I’m being honest, part of me is kind of terrified too. I’m afraid of having to juggle my kids and what they want to do and what I need to get done with my work and to keep our home running smoothly. And I know that we flourish in a routine, but without it, at summertime, what’s a girl to do? I’m a little nervous that I’ll go bat shit crazy playing princesses and SCUBA diver and Paw Patrol that I won’t make it to Julia’s start of Kindergarten.
But here’s what else I know for sure. Overthinking is a big part of my summertime problem. I worry that the kids are doing enough, that they’re forgetting what they’ve learned in school. I over think trips we should take, and I complicate simple playdates. I’m my worst enemy in the summer. But this year, going into it, I’m recognizing the issue, and I’m determined to not let it get in the way.
This morning, I pulled out a monthly calendar, a pencil with a good eraser, and a really big cup of coffee. And I started planning. I put Julia into a dance day camp toward the end of summer. And I found a ballet, tap, and tumbling class for her to go to once a week with one of her favorite teachers. Remembering Max’s love of gymnastics and need to move, I found a half-day gymnastics camp at the rec center near our house for the middle of summertime.
And at first I thought, “Great! There’s some structure!”
But I can’t schedule every minute, and I don’t want to. I know that some of summertime needs to be unplanned too. They’re kids. They need downtime. They need backyard sprinkler time, and time to nap on the beach. I want them to have lazy, relaxing, and simple summers. Not seasons marred by Mom’s decree that they do something.
So I’m asking you now, before I even start to overthinking (any more).
How do you simplify and keep your summers fun? What are your go-to activities? How do you survive without a school routine?
I’d love to see links if you’ve written about activities or if you’ve read of fun things going on. And I promise to let you know if and when I try anything out.