We’re down to the last week of the kids’ summer vacation. Not even gonna go on and on about how it seems like yesterday I was on the phone discussing my last working day at my consulting job (February 24) or volunteering for Field Day which is a year end school activity or helping out with the 5th graders’ farewell party…..
So I’ve been home all summer with the kids and what’s been going on? Let me back up for a second first, one of my friends cautioned when I told her I was taking (at least) the summer off to be with the kids that I should be sure to not let the time get away from me so that I end up here at the end of the summer with a long list of things I didn’t get done. One thing is for sure – that was not what I really wanted to hear at that point. Actually, it was kind of a bummer. Who starts out with a plan to fail, right?
Don’t worry, this story has a happy ending…I accomplished much of what was on my list of things to do this summer and I thoroughly enjoyed my time home with my kids. It was a learning experience for all of us I think and I do know one thing for sure – I’m not doing it exactly this way ever again. But for one summer letting them just be kids and play was well worth it. What would I do differently?
First, I’d make the schedule I’d envisioned a reality and stick to it. Giving us the option to do things or not do them typically leads to not doing them consistently. No regrets here; I did go quite a way toward making them more accountable to me for their time and for their requests, etc. Check schedules for camps, etc. really early is another one. Instead I waited then gave the option on whether to attend or not and each of them opted not on a couple of things. I’m not sorry they didn’t go but as I said, next time they’re going….period.
All in all, it’s been a great summer even though several personal curve balls came my way and really brought me down. I’m looking forward to the kids’ return to school and starting another year with new teachers and new groups of classmates. As for me, I am looking forward to my Art Is You retreat in early October and checkout out both work and education opportunities for myself.
I’ve said it before but it bears repeating – I want to sincerely thank Flylady.net and that includes Marla herself as well as her whole staff who work so diligently to make all of us “Sidetracked Home Executives” or “SHE’s” feel better about what we get done rather than feeling bad about what didn’t get done!
- Why My House is a Mess (thriftylivin.com)
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- My Shiny Sink – The Quest for Clean Begins (thriftylivin.com)
- Keeping It Moving (fromthecsweet.com)