I remember as a kid how I would look forward to summer vacation. Starting January I would be counting the days till the last school bell. Each month would pass and I would celebrate as the temperature would rise and the snow would melt. When the flowers bloomed I knew my days of hanging out with friends and endless lazy afternoons were ahead! Summer would finally arrived then it seemed to fly by before I even felt settled in. The Fair would start and we were shopping for school clothes. So here I sit 20 years after my last day of school with kids of my own in the middle of Summer.
My son The Noodle will be going into First Grade in September and it will be the first time he will be away from me all day long. I go back and forth between mourning the fact that he is growing up so fast and cheering at his accomplishments. My Little Goon will be in Preschool 3 afternoons a week and then next year he will be in FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN! So this will be my last year with a kid home during the day again another fact that I look upon with a mixture of mourning and cheer! I have thoroughly enjoyed being a stay at home mom a job I never planned on having. Sure I always thought I would be a mom but somehow I just never thought I would have the opportunity to be home with my kids. My mom was a single mother and worked her tail off when we were growing up and almost every single one of my friends had mom’s who worked. So my examples of Stay at Home Moms were limited to TV, movies and the occasional friend whose mom seemed to do it all. I realize that I have spent the better part of 6 years now trying desperately to be Super Woman. I have somehow bought into the fact that a Stay at Home Mom has to do and be all things.
- I should have a clean a house because I am home all day
- I should take my kids to the Zoo, Library, Bounce House, Museum…because I am home all day
- I should have them in activities like Karate and Dance ……
- I should do craft projects with them every day …..
- I should make them healthy meals……….
The list is endless, I also feel that I should be in better shape and that I should be the perfect wife and that I should give the best gifts and cards and SHOULD SHOULD SHOULD SHOULD SHOULD SHOULD SHOULD SHOULD………………………………………
The lists in my head are endless and overwhelming. So this year when Spring came and every mom I knew started talking about Summer Camps for their kids I backed out of the conversation. I remembered how fast my summers went when I was little and I wanted my kids to enjoy their summer and not feel like it was eaten up with too many activities. I wanted them to play outside and ride their bikes, swim with the neighbor kids and learn how to play ball. Unfortunately what I didn’t think about was that Super Woman over here started her own business last November that is busier than ever and Super Woman is on the board of a theater company that is going through a huge transition and Super Woman is training for the IronGirl. So now I am trying to be Super Woman and Super Mom and all I am managing to do is feel stressed out and scattered and all my kids are doing is whining that they are bored and fighting over video games.
Last week on my morning run with my cousin she mentioned that she had to get her daughter to Dance Camp. Before the words were out of her mouth I jumped on that!!!! “What time is Camp? How Much is Camp? Is there Room for my Kids?” Luckily the Camp is at my BFF’s Dance Studio and I had an in. I ran all the way home I packed those kids up so fast their heads were spinning. We raced down to the dance studio and I dragged those kids in there and walked into the crowded room. “Is there room for 2 more in the class?” I had Cash in hand and looked desperate. The kids got in and I walked to my car feeling a huge weight off my shoulders for the first time since the school bell rang in June. The camp was only an hour and a half each day for the week and the boys didn’t really participate but they were out of the house and I had a moment of peace. I then drove directly to my local Michaels Craft Store and signed them up for Craft camp next week. As I left the store heading home I felt a little guilty for what I felt was dumping my kids at camp. The truth is no one can do it all and even a Stay at Home Mom can’t handle her kids 100% of the time. We all need a break and my kids are having fun and learning new things. Yes it’s true that the Noodle asked me “Mom can I never ever come to this camp again?” after dance camp by the Goon had a blast. He made a fairy wand and danced in the recital. So next week they will tackle craft camp and I will have 100 things to display on my refrigerator.
I guess the real difference from being a kid and being a mom when it comes to summer vacation is that as a kid I counted the days until the last school bell rang in June and as a mom I am counting the days until the first school bell rings on September 8th! Thank you teachers for taking my kids for a few hours a day and helping me be the best mom I can be. Can someone please kick Super Woman for me cause she is really getting on my nerves!