There are moments when I feel like I should be doing more with my kids, taking them to different places and planning activities, but then I remember how all of that is totally not me and honestly is just too much. I will be happy with staying home, the occasional friend coming over to visit, and sleeping in late.
I think there is a lot of value in a summer that is not filled with activities and travel. We are so focused on giving our kids the ultimate childhoods, so focused on giving them every opportunity we did not have, so focused on filling up their time and coming up with fun things for them to do, but are these things really worth it? If we fill their time up constantly with exciting activities and trips they expect that, they expect to be entertained by us and learn to rely on us for everything. They are kids, they should be able to use their imaginations without the help of their parents, they should be able to play and amuse themselves without us planning out their days, and they should be bored.
I see posts from people and all of the activities that they plan for their kids on a daily or almost daily basis and I think how tiring that would be. I just finished a year of teaching and the last thing I want to do is plan a days worth of activities. I want to have a leisurely cup of coffee, I want to workout at 10 in the morning and not rush to get one in before dinner, I want to read in the pool while I occasionally remind at my kids to stop shouting since they are only a few feet from each other, I want to drive as little as possible, and I want to relax.
Here is to a summer filled with nothing special, a little boredom, a lot of free time, and (eventually) lots of wondeful memories for my children.