Today marks the official end of school for out kids..
My thoughts are…Schools out – – the kids are home – – now what????
My husband and I had the same go-to reaction WTH… And it wasn’t that Christmas time wonder either. It was wondering, how the heck I’d get any work done?
But then as quickly as that thought entered my mind I felt the brakes screeching in my head and my inside voices had a conversation that played out a little like this…
You’re worried about what to do with the kids?
Where you can stick them, who’s going to take care of them?
You’re worried about how blog posts will be written or how will you find time to respond to emails???
Wanda you are worried about the wrong things…
What if instead of worrying about what work needs, you wondered what these little kids want from you?
And all they want is you.
My kids love me unconditionally right now… I want to give them reasons to continue to give me that love?
Will I choose sidewalk chalk over emails… Sprinklers over blog posts… Or mini golf over editing?
(Take a guess?!)
Will I choose to make the very most of this one summer that I have with them at this stage in their life… Barbies and Trains. Coloring and Imagination. This stage, the one when they still love to be with me? And think I take mind reading pills to understand their feelings. Or do i want to worry about how I’m going to get all the work done?
Instead of worrying about what to do about my kids, I’m going to put my energy into what I can do with my Squad!
Here’s Where I’ll Start:
#1: By Friday, I hope to have about a month’s worth of blog posts pre-scheduled! I’ll add to that as time allows, get myself to the full summer scheduled throughout.
#2: I’ll schedule and plan all the fun things we want to do this summer First.– this will allow me to maintain a healthy, fun and realistic work life balance.
#3: I’ll slow down. Who says we have to always go this fast? I’m going to let summers influence wash over me and I’m going to be mindful and set the intention to slow down and enjoy the summer with them
#4: I will get help! Of course there will still be some work to do… so I want to have fun activities for the kids for those times when I do actually need to work.
My goal is to allow for only a minimal amount of TV this summer, so that means summer camp too. Yes they need friends and social skills as well. And a break from me will do them good when it comes to making plans. (we’re looking at cooking and art classes, we also have them enrolled in a camp that has a STEM program) . Getting someone who can come over a couple of days a week for a few hours just to play and do crafts is also on the list.