...but not my kids!
So, the title of this day to celebrate made me think of the comments I hear as summer begins.
"What am I going to do with my children?"
"It's only been a day and they're already driving each other crazy."
"I'm going to go crazy with all the kids home."
"The kids are already bored. I don't know what to do with them."
Do these phrases sound familiar? Maybe you've said them yourself! Believe me, there are days in my life when it would be nice to spend the time doing whatever I want in peace and quiet. But that's not reality and that's not what we signed up for when we decided to be mothers, right?
Honestly, I don't know how to respond to the comments above. Maybe it's because I'm just so used to having my kids around all the time that I can't really sympathize with the sentiments. But if we read those thoughts again, I wonder what kind of message they are telling our children (because I'm sure they hear it at least one of the times we say it).
On the other hand, how would our kids feel if we said, "Wow! I cannot wait until summer! I am so excited to spend more time with you and for you to get to know one another again after being gone most of the time doing other things!" Do you think the summer days would go more smoothly if the kids start to hear that from us? Then, to hear them say the same to their siblings? I just wonder.....
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For me, Summer is that magical time to do the things I always say I wish I had more time to do! It's a time to relax, put away the never ending to do list, and just BE....one day at a time. It's only 9 weeks long!
Think of it this way: we have 9 weeks to get our kids prepared for yet another year of "the world" when they go back to school. Imagine what a strengthening time Summer can be for these precious children of ours. 9 weeks worth of time to be with FAMILY, their #1 support system!
So, please don't take my kids to work today! I want them here. I want to explore the world with them by playing games, going hiking and reading great books with them. I want to remember what the days of summer were like for me when I was a child and try to imagine myself a kid again. That's what I want for the remaining part of my summer. :-)