But summer actually seems easier.
During the week of spring break, there’s not enough time to get into a new routine, to find a new rhythm.
And it’s so short, it feels like there’s an urgency to squeeze in the fun activities because even just a day into it, it will already feel like it’s almost over.
During our spring break last week, I forgot all of this.
So, with the kids wanting to do things all the time and their super-energetic attitudes(aka being rather wild), I started frantically googling camps for the summer. We already had a few that we planned on sending them to, but the plan wasn’t to be in camp every day.
But spring break was making me think that they would NEED to be in camp every single day or they’d drive me and each other absolutely bonkers within a few days. And if I wanted to be able to get my work done, there’s just no way they could only go to 2 or 3 camps. It would have to be more.
Then I remembered.
The first week of summer is usually a bit like spring break. We’re getting adjusted to a new schedule. There’s no school, so they’ll want to do all the things they can’t when school is in session.
But we’ll quickly fall into a new routine.
One that will balance going out and doing all the fun stuff with lazy days at home.
It will be sleeping in(for them), watching some tv, playing a game, running around in the backyard or riding their bikes until I’ve had a chance to do my work and then we’ll head out to the pool or the beach or just out somewhere to find something fun to explore.
And while we know, as parents, just how quickly a summer can fly by, it feels like a very long time to our kids, so they lose that urgency of wanting to do everything before it’s too late.
So even though I’ll admit that I was a little more gleeful than usual at sending my kids back to school today after our week of spring break, I’m already starting to count down the days until summer.