Whew! It’s been almost 2 years since my last post! The second kid really IS twice as much work. More on that another time…
Well, I have been home for the summer for ONE WHOLE WEEK (because, contrary to the beliefs of non-teachers, we really don’t stop working until nearly July… if we’re lucky), and I have come to realize a few things about being a summer stay-at-home mom (aka – a teacher off for the summer). They should be worded more as confessions than realizations, because I am not exactly proud of some of them. Here they are:
1) While I have never looked down on stay-at-home moms, I gain a new appreciation for them every summer. It can be exhausting breaking up fights, cleaning up the house (see confession #2), taking kids from place to place, finding budget-friendly activities to fill time, and making sure that you keep some semblance of a schedule amidst the desire to throw caution to the wind and take the kids to the pool during nap time.
2) My house is no cleaner in the summer than it is during the school year. I always have these great aspirations to scrub walls, shampoo carpets, rid the boys’ toy closets of McDonald’s trinkets, etc. And yet, nap time comes, and other activities eat away the time… like writing this blog post. I have done some scrubbing, but I wouldn’t exactly want someone showing up at my house right now and witnessing the chaos that is the remains of lunch on the kitchen table.
3) I have given my kids Popsicles for breakfast. Now, before you call social services, my munchkins had 100% juice pops, so it was basically a frozen beverage. Back before I had kids, I would have been appalled at shenanigans of this caliber. But now, I rally for the removal of the “dessert stigma” that surrounds Popsicles of the 100% juice variety.
4) Target is a constant temptation. I always have a legitimate list. Really, I do. But more often than not, trips to Target are an excuse to take the boys somewhere and get out of the house. This was especially true when I could walk to Target. Thankfully for my budget, I now have to hop in a car and, therefore, I think about it a bit more. For maybe 5 seconds… as opposed to 2.
5) I have engaged in napping experimentation. There is nothing worse than going on a family vacation, only to have super-cranky children because they won’t nap or go to sleep on time simply because they’d rather goof around with each other (an occasion they don’t often get because they have separate rooms). To remedy this, I have been attempting to have the boys nap together. It has failed miserably, but I keep trying, hoping one day my dreams will all come true and I will be able to come back from a vacation rested.
6) I love my children, but I have threatened to sell them. Clearly, I never would sell them. But, as I pulled Isaiah off of Mason for the 109834534894275th time on Friday, I wondered what price they would bring in at the rummage sale I was hosting. It may be because they’re used to having other kids to play with and they don’t get on each others’ nerves as much at daycare. Or it simply may be that I am not used to seeing them interact for days on end without any separation from one another. Which, in some ways, makes me sad. But…
7) I like not working… sometimes. Despite frustrations of having 2 kids under the age of 5, I feel truly blessed to have a job in which I have this time with them at home. But it also reaffirms that, for my family, it’s a right decision for me to work. I say “a” instead of “the” because it would also be “right” for me to be a stay-at-home mom, but I think that teaching affords me the opportunity to be around other people, gives my kids experiences with other children, and makes my family appreciate our time together when we have it. By mid-August, however, I think we’ll all be ready for me to go back to work.
My next post will be within a few weeks. I have done a TON of reading over the past few months, and I’ll have some reviews for you. God bless your week!