Last night, after running with my local running group (in 101 degree heat) I casually mentioned to an acquaintance that I am feeling ready for school to start. She looked at me like I have three heads so I quickly changed the subject, but the truth is, I can’t wait. I guess this just confirms what I already knew — like others who write here – I’m just not meant to be a full-time SAHM!
I’ve written here about how all three of my kiddos will be attending full-day preschool this year. I will have more time than I’ve had to work since before they were born. While we are having a fun summer — plenty of swimming, splashing, trips to the movies, and many adventures — it’s also exhausting keeping my trio entertained. I’m struggling to fit my work in around play dates, trips to the park, and weekends visiting family. And days when I attempt to keep my three at home – letting me work isn’t on their radar. I do have a sitter who comes several days a week for a few hours, but it isn’t enough.
We’re in the middle of the 7th week of our summer and I really am ready for school to start! I know many people are against the concept of year-round school, but I truly wish that our area would consider it. Even as a teacher, I think a full-year schedule would be ideal. Three one-month breaks instead of one long, hot, three-month break would make all of us so much happier. At least at my house.
I’m also ready for a return to “normalcy” and the daily routine and schedule that comes with a set school day. I just function so much better — and so do my kiddos.
What are your thoughts? Are you ready for school to start? Do you support the concept of full-year school? Do your childcare arrangements change in the summer?