Those Staggered Kindergarten Days
Many schools (like ours) have kindergartners come for a few hours one day for the first two weeks of school. I am sure it’s great for teachers and for kids who have never been to daycare or preschool, but – for us – it put a damper on the start of school. There was such a build-up to the first day for my daughter, and then he didn’t get to go too. He had to wait a few days and then go for just three hours. Two weeks of that.
As a mom who works from home, but took the summer off, the staggered-start of kindergarten felt like mile 27 of a 26-mile marathon.
I adore the time I get to spend with my kids. We have had a great summer – the best ever. But I’m tired. I’m crispy. And I was really ready for school to start and be started for both kids. (I am in dire need of quiet.)
Fortunately and unfortunately, I have totally spoiled our kids. This summer I worked so hard to make sure that they had lots of fun stuff to do. And it’s what they know, so they totally don’t appreciate it. Trekking that last mile and being met with expectations to continue delivering big fun was kind of hard for me. Especially, as people I ran into kept asking me “what I was doing with all my free time.”
“She has a list…” Charlie (6) actually responded to someone who asked me that question. My unspoken answer to that questions was a little different.
It’s true. I have a list. A big one, of all the things I mean to do but never get around to doing. I am grateful that I can work from home and control my schedule. I took a major break from work this summer and before I kick it into high gear again I have GOT to spend some time organizing this place.
So I made a list of tasks, room by room of things I need to organize, clean or do.
And I am all about it. Well, after I spend a few minutes sitting in a corner rocking and sucking my thumb.
I love my kids, but today’s theme song is this.
Disclosure: I feel like a bad mom for thinking this way, but it’s where I am right now. Can anyone relate?