As I type this, I have approximately 8,640 minutes left of freedom, when my children officially walk out of school for the last time this school year. Not that I’m counting or anything. I simply can’t wait to spend every waking minute of every day with them, listening to them argue about what to watch on TV, and hearing “I’m bored” over and over and over and over and over. Summer is going to be super!!
I’m a glass-half-full kind of gal, though, so I know that summer break won’t be all bad. Already I’m looking forward to a few homework free months, a break from the car pick up line, and NOT having to deal with grumpy children at 6:30 a.m. as I hurry around making breakfasts and lunches, signing permission slips, while reminding the children to “JUST GET DRESSED ALREADY.”
We’re going to have a lot of time together (120,960 minutes!!!) this summer and I fully intend to not allow their brains to rot on a steady diet of Wii, SpongeBob, and kool-aid. They’ll have plenty of time for watching TV and eating junk food and other summertime joys, and we’ll spend lots of time at the pool and having picnics, but I also want to my kids to actually learn a few things this summer. The most important thing? I want them to learn greater independence.
I’ll admit that too often I take care of far too many things for them. My children have too few responsibilities. Most times it’s easier and faster for me to just do what needs to be done, like taking out the trash or making their beds. This summer, I’ll have plenty of time to correct a few of my mistakes and teach these kids a little about taking care of their own needs.
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What do you plan to teach your kids this summer?
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