School's Out .... for the Summer - Baby Steps in High Heels

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

School's Out .... for the Summer

It's true. Here in the South, we are officially on Summer Break.

To kick off our hot and humid vacation (well, my kids' vacation, not mine because, you know, working mom here), I decided it would be a great time to mitigate some of my working mom {who travels ALL the time} guilt by only sending my oldest to child care part-time this summer.

That's right, friends, she will go to 'school' Monday-Wednesday-Friday, and I am trying to figure out a fun little Mommy-has-to-work-all-day-but-NO-you-can't-just-watch-Netflix-for-8-hours-straight daily schedule. Suggestions? I'm all ears!

In fact, I did draft a schedule, which my very head-strong child revised 3 times.

We also made a Bucket List over lunch (at 10:58 a.m.).

She added things like Spa Days and Shopping Trips (yes, she's 7). I added things like Learn to Whistle. She wants to go to Costco to track down some delicious Belgian Waffles I bought 2 summers ago. I didn't fight her on this one though, because ... you know, the wine section at Costco is, well, Costco-sized.

It's an interesting Bucket List, to say the least. I'll share it once we have realistically revised it. Until then, I did take a peak at our list from last year .... it was a solid list, and I think we did a pretty good job working our way through it.

I also stumbled on my Mom Guilt Vacation post from a couple of years ago. At the time, I penned this plan for just a couple of weeks late in the summer. Last year, I decided it was worthy of laying the groundwork for the entirety of the summer season. And, I have to say, that I still agree. No, I will not fight with my kids over broccoli or rigid routines or bedtimes before dark. And, I will not feel guilty about it one bit.

Happy Summer, y'all. We make just be taking a few baby steps forward, but at least we're moving in the right direction.

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