My youngest is starting kindergarten this fall. It will be the first year when all of my kids will be in school full day, 5 days a week.
Go ahead. Say it.
Ask me what I’m going to do with myself, with all this free time, ask if I’ll be bored, if it’s time for me to head back to work.
If you make a comment like that to me when I run into you at soccer practice or at the pool, I just give you a weak smile, make some vague gesture with my hands(no, not that gesture, even though I might be tempted), and say that I have plenty to do. But it’s not really what I want to say.
If none of those thoughts crossed your mind, you’ve probably been where I am, with your kids all in school. And you know: we can always find something to do.
I do expect that the days will be easier now that I don’t have little ones home. Not claiming that life will be as crazy as when I had three little ones running around all day. Though back then, they didn’t have homework and practices to deal with and they were all in bed by 7pm. So, the days will be calmer, the nights crazier.
And during those days, there are chores to be done around the house: things to clean, to organize, to cook. Plus, the hours when my boys are home from school are so full of doing homework, getting them to their practices and games, dinnertime, and then dealing with the bedtime routine, that if I do happen to have some time for me during the day, that’s my only chance to get it. So yes, I might use some of that time to read or workout.
Plus, I do have work to do. I’ve been a work-at-home-mom for several years now. Before, I’ve just worked around the kids’ schedules or found ways to keep them entertained while I got my work done. With all the kids in school full day, I can have a little more breathing room in getting my work done and even take on more projects.
I will have plenty to do when the kids are back in school. And it’s not time for me to head back to work because I have been working.
And phew, does that feel good to get out. But probably a little much to spill out to the well-meaning mom at the grocery store who asked me what I’ll do with myself now that the kids will all be in school.
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