It’s upon us! The end of the school year. And for all the excitement many people have, it is SO HARD for this working momma. (And let me preface this by saying I am not complaining about the teachers or the staff because I happen to know it’s hard on them too!!! Trust me, I see my teacher friends frazzled faces at the end of the day!)
There are so many parties and dates to keep up with. There is this reward party, and a this reward field trip, and oh, this fun day for reading…. so. many. dates. Oh, and bring treats to school this day, and bring your favorite stuffed animal this day. Do they not realize that I am lucky to get him to school on time bathed and with his clothes on? So, when my child rolls up without the treats I was supposed to bring, or the sack lunch for the field trip on the wrong day – just roll with it, and know I send my apologizes for a job terribly done.
Awards day is often announced just a day or two ahead. Awards day is never set in stone, and it is usually announced just a few days ahead. It is VERY hard for me to take off work less than a month ahead of time. Of course, I can’t miss it, so I find a way to fill in my schedule or change my times around, and then feel guilty and worried all at the same time.
No structure. My child is now off the chain because there is no structure. They may have watched movies, played outside extra, or tested for 4 hours straight. I have no clue, but I know something changed because he is legit exhausted and lacks any motivation once home. And to add to my amazing mom status, I let him be a tv-zombie for an hour because let’s face it – we are all exhausted.
This daylight at bedtime crap is killing my mom-star status. The one thing I’ve always prided myself on is that my child has had a routine bedtime that we have stuck with for his whole life. Except now. This whole going to bed at 8:30 and it is still daylight out is killing my mojo. Now that he is almost 9, I can’t fool him – he just calls me on it – “Hey mom it’s hard to fall asleep with the sun shining.” I know kid. Just close your eyes and block it out already.
He stinks so bad because they are playing outside every day now that it’s warm. Yeah, there is no skipping a shower any time at the end of the year. He comes home with crazy hair and dried sweat smell. It’s warm, so they are going outside every. single. day.
Ok, ok, so it isn’t all bad. There is one good thing happening at the end of the school year — NO HOMEWORK! Testing is done, there is no more homework, and thank goodness….. because we are busy being tv-zombies.
All I have to say is – bring on the summer break.