The first week off from school has not turned out to be what I thought. While I poo-pooed the number of hours my son would be in school as barely significant last fall, I’m finding, since he now is not, that...hmm…it really did make a difference.
It’s not so much the number of hours he is away, as he has a variety of activities, its’ just that he is not away for a long stretch and, when he is home, rather than ask him to quietly play in his room, I find myself longing to get involved with him and play all day as we did not so long ago.
Now that one week has passed though, I’m finding that merely making a schedule helps. This is something I’ve written about quite a bit –hereandhere.
One friend starts the day with Yoga. Another schedules free play time balanced with activities. I’m tending to muddle through and get stressed out!
Mornings I try to do an activity, schedule a play date or go on an expediation. Afternoons, mean baseball is followed by a one hour break then Tae Kwon Do, then another hour break until the evening activity.
Wasn’t I the one who was arguing that over scheduling kids was not healthy…sigh.
My schedule of too many activities that require transport to different places leaves me little time to work and too much time in the car for both of us. There’s little to be done about that this year, but next summer, I’ll plan half day camps rather than 3 activities a day.