Operation Summer Break

Children playing at a park with fountain in a city

I realized this morning as I looked at my son’s calendar that today marks the last full week of school before summer break begins.

Gulp.

Time seems to be moving at light speed lately, I guess that’s how the end of the school year was able to sneak right up that way. Needless to say, I don’t feel ready for summer and I am nervous about how to keep Lou busy, entertained and happy for the next three months.

Wait – three months? I have to check those numbers. Can that be right? I’m going to need an assistant. Can moms get assistants? Ok, I mean moms that can’t afford real nannies or assistants.

Sigh.

We really feel in love with preschool this year, both my son and myself. It’s only a half day for three days a week but wow, how sweet it has been.

He got tons of socialization, self confidence, made friends, played and learned so much. He has seemed so much happier, proud of his own growth as well as thriving in the structure of school and his own accomplishments.

I think this is at least part of what I’m nervous about. Figuring out how to keep enough structure and routine and provide things to do during this vacation time while still allowing the free time and play and lazy days that I think are good for all of us as well.

We go to the library once a week and read books together every day, that won’t change. I take him to parks and play areas but the same old things get boring. I am not a teacher. I suck at crafts, big time. He still gets nervous around too many kids he doesn’t know and is not always open to new experiences. Any time I mention swimming or going to a pool, he bolts.

I suppose it’ll be a bit of a process for both of us at first until we hopefully, hit a comfortable stride. I’ll try to play to our strength and likes and what we are comfortable with and go from there.

One more week and two days left and a new adventure begins.

Gulp.

8 thoughts on “Operation Summer Break

  1. I feel you, Anna! My 4 yo has the same sched as Lou and it was really nice for me and 2 yo to have some 1:1 time. I have a local sister with a 6 and 3 yo who loves to schedule stuff so she has a whole itinerary for us. Not sure about where you are but Regal does $1 movies and ABF (?) bowling does free bowling for kids just pay for shoes. We will be doing the spray park a lot too :).

    • I bet that one on one time was really nice. Oh yes – I had forgotten about the summer dollar movie deals! We do have that here as well and I’ll have to check on the bowling, he would love that. I’m really in to planning and making schedules for us too :) I can never predict what my sons mood will be the next day but I like to have things in mind for us at least. Thanks so much for reading Marcia!

    • I really wish we could hang out too, that would be awesome! Time just keeps going faster and faster at times, I swear. Thanks so much for reading Sarah!

  2. I’m feeling this way for my son — meanwhile for my daughter I’m already feeling the anxiety of her starting in September! Just like Lou, she will be in 3 mornings a week. This was a nice reminder that over the year we will both grow to love it.

    • It was a rough first couple of weeks but for us, 3 mornings a week was a good way to start getting used to school. I hope your daughter loves it next year, I totally understand the anxiety though :) Thanks so much for reading Carinn!

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