Summertime comes and I have all these grand plans of what I will do with the boys but there doesn’t seem to be enough time. I want them to be free to play and explore, swim and just hang out with friends who come to the door. We try to make sure they do a couple of workbook pages so they don’t forget everything they learned last year. Then, of course, there are the video games which we are a bit more lenient on when school is out. Trying to fit all this in is hard enough but then there are also camps and classes and play dates and social events. We also do the summer reading program at the library but they seem to borrow many more books than they ever read. I try not to fret over it since it is summer and I want them to enjoy their childhood.
I also think of summer as the time when I will get to infuse all kinds of other experiences and lessons into my kids. I want to meditate with them to help them be calm and focused. I want to teach them community service by volunteering somewhere or locally. I want to do arts and crafts with them to inspire their creative side. There are so many more things I would love to do but time keeps running out. Their childhood is flying by and I as a mother am trying to give them lessons and experiences that will grow them into happy and successful people but maybe I’m too ambitious.
They say “time flies when you’re having fun” so we must be having fun or just really busy. Sometimes I just wish time would slow down so I could enjoy all these experiences with the kids and not just feel like we’re running from one activity to the next. I’m trying my best and maybe I won’t get to everything this summer or next but I will still try to give the kids a fun summer full of structured and unstructured activities to enrich their childhood!