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7 ways I’m slacking off this summer

by Meagan Francis on July 30, 2012

I hit the summer running this year, but as usual, by mid-July my energy and enthusiasm for long, hot days had hit a slump. But this year, instead of feeling uncomfortable or guilty because things are falling apart a bit, I’m just riding the wave and waiting for that end-of-summer burst of energy to propel us into fall. Over at my Babble blog, I’ve written about 7 ways I’m falling down on the job right now (and why I refuse to feel guilty about it).

For example, I’m not making my kids read:

I know, I know, kids lose their learning over the summer, and we’re supposed to make them read great books and recite multiplication tables so they don’t fall behind. But I guess I’ve never seen a small step backward to be a huge tragedy for most kids – in my experience they gear back up pretty quickly, and who’s to say that the break doesn’t help refuel their bodies and brains in a vital way?

Read about the other 6 guilt-free ways I’m being a lazy mom right now, (hint: they include hot dogs and video games) and let me know if you have anything to add to the list!

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Jennifer July 30, 2012 at 11:57 am

Wow…we are leading parallel lives! My boys (12 and 6) are spending way too much time on Minecraft, but we do still go swimming 3-4 times a week, so that’s how I justify it. My daughters (10 and 5) are spending more time than usual on the Ipod or Iphone, playing games and watching a bit more Netflix than usual. However…there has been plenty of arts and craft time, cooking with me, playing with dolls, legos and even some reading. I haven’t forced my kids to read this summer either and I am a TEACHER!! Gasp! ;) My kids have read because they wanted too, which is the best way! My oldest son has read 3 large novels and my older daughter has read a few herself. The litte ones have been read to a couple of nights a week and read on their own too. We’ve even had 2 library trips and 1 to Barnes and Nobles! And you are right, kids need breaks, they need to use their brain in different ways!! And life experience teaches just as much as books can.
My issue is how to spend my last 3 weeks of summer vacation off. Teachers go back Aug. 20, kids Aug.27…should I jump on some projects, like painting a few bathrooms or bedrooms (we’ve been re-painting the whole house since last August and still aren’t done!)? Should I get some sewing in? More writing? Or just keep up the lazy days of summer while I can? The first month back to school for me as a teacher and mom of 4 is the most stressful month of the year!!

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SusanP July 30, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I’m right there with you! Some of my “failings” that I feel no guilt over:

– Bedtimes: I work full time and use summer as a time to get extra time with the kids in the evenings. My husband works at home, so they get to sleep in. This helps him a lot because he’s able to get a lot done in the mornings with them rolling out of bed at 10am! The 11pm bedtimes are going to have to start shifting earlier though since we only have two more weeks of summer left :-(

– Meal Planning: COMPLETELY out the window. I did so well last school year but fell off the wagon once school was out. Our pattern is now to grill a bunch of food (including hot dogs) on the weekend and live off the leftovers for a few days. Then we manage the rest of the week with either dinner at costco, the cafe at our fitness center were we have evening swim lessons and or pool time, or do pb n j. I too supplement with plenty of the wonderful summer fresh fruit and veggies to compensate.

– Summer school work: We don’t do any formal stuff all summer long. They do plenty of reading/writing/drawing/science/etc but it’s all in their own time/way/interest. I justify it with my own childhood experience. I did well in school every year and spent my whole summer goofing off. So far my kids are doing fine – if they were to have a specific area they needed help with then I would be motivated.

– Camps: Every spring I think about signing them up for a variety of camps. But spring is so busy and by the time summer rolls around I’ve missed the boat on signing them up.

– Screen time: It’s HOT HOT HOT here in Texas. The kids go out in the mornings as long as they can take it, and we go out swimming many of the evenings. In the afternoon though, I don’t care if they watch movies or play on the computers more then we susually do during the school year.

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Crystalyn July 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I think you might be on to something with #6! I work during the day and my husband watches the kids. Lots of days I’ll come home to them all still in their PJs! I think getting them dressed the night before might just be the solution I need! Ha!

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Nina July 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm

My toddler doesn’t really have a “real” summer, so the closest days off we have are the weekends. And my lazy parenting? Sleeping in! I turn off the alarm and wake up whenever he does. We don’t have anywhere to go in the morning, so there’s no need to wake him up at 7am sharp.

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Neena July 30, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I like that someone else is approaching the summer just like I am!

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Kerry @ Made For Real July 31, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Amen to this! Life’s too short to stress all summer. ;)

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