Every year we have about a week or so between camp and school that ultimately no matter what we do our kids are constantly bored. I count down the minutes until school restarts and also silently wonder how some moms do “Mommy Camp” all summer long. This article isn’t going to tell you how to survive those days because frankly I have no tips. It is THAT week between camp and school.
My husband and I both work in the school system, which has the benefits of us being home when school is out. During the summer he usually works at a camp and I become a WAHM. For the days between camp and school we usually plan some trips and get through those days together.
This year due to some scheduling conflicts with school start dates my husband’s school started a full 8 days before mine and my kids school. Leaving me to single parent for all those days and to add into the mix I fractured my foot and I’m wearing a boot so not really able to run around much.
Most of our days days have started at 7am, I know I should count my blessings some moms kids are up WAY earlier. I’m usually awakened by Child 3 and 4 (we have 5 kids, for the purpose of this article I’m calling them by the number child they are in order). “SHE’s LOOKING at me, tell her to STOP”. They are usually both laying on my husband’s bed which is decent enough in size yet somehow they can’t keep their feet off each other and are both screeching “take your feet off me”. Kids. You both want the same thing. Roll over, move your feet apart and we will all be happy. I tell you, they secretly enjoy fighting.
After this rude awakening we bumble through breakfast and dressing then the true fun starts. I attempt to get child 5 to nap and they won’t keep quiet long enough. The requests start. It’s literally a broken record. After 4 days of this I can tell you the exact order of their requests and complaints.
“Can I have iPad time?” (we limit to 1/2 hr per day, per kid)
“Can I have an ices?” (we’ve run out too many times already)
“Can I go to the store?” (for what? I already did the grocery shopping)
“I’m hungry” (You JUST ate)
“Can you buy me …fill in …. supplies, walkie talkies, toys..I PROMISE I’ll stop asking after that ” (I JUST got you a game watch, and school supplies and both times you said you’d stop asking after)
“What can I do?” (list a list of suggestions and EVERY single one gets rebuffed)
And rinse and repeat. I’m 100% able to say what my kids are about to ask me when they walk over based off the last request.
Each of these get asked 2-3x and then it’s Lunch, which is a whole drama in itself, since NONE of them can agree on what to have. Guaranteed if Child 1 makes a suggestion then Child 2 will say she doesn’t want it and wants something else. And then the next day if Child One suggests the item Child 2 asked for the day prior she’ll claim to not like it.
The afternoon follows pretty much the same as the morning with a couple additions:
We have an added request into the litany of requests: “Can we have a water fight?” which I usually acquiesce just to get them out of my hair a little. It most often ends in a real fight but the 5 minutes peace is worth it.
The other addition, now, this is on a lucky day. Most days this starts already in the am. They are super bored (no amount of books, craft projects, electronics, activities is enough – they still get bored) Child 1 starts to get on the nerves of the others. He gets in their faces, bothers them and they just squabble. Child 2 has a super loud screech and I really should get some ear plugs. They annoy the heck out of each other but magically half an hour later they are best friends and STILL driving me nuts.
At this point the texts to my husband are getting more and more desperate:
“I can’t do this anymore”
“These kids are NUTS”
“You are SO lucky work started for you”
“DON’T YOU DARE COME HOME WITHOUT ICE CREAM”
“I NEED a break”
The afternoon goes by, I’m telling you every minute takes 5 minutes to pass and finally husband comes home. I have absolutely no idea what my kids have had for dinner every night this week since I can’t get a breathing moment during the day to cook and when my husband comes home I barrel towards our bedroom and lock myself in to try get a few moments peace. All of a sudden my kids are all my best friends and want to hang out with me and they all find excuses to knock on. So yeah. Not much quiet.
Let’s just say that coffee, ice cream, wine and treats are the only way I’m getting through these days. Wait, who am I kidding. Those things are just taking the tiny edge off. I’m SO ready for school to restart. I have no idea how moms homeschool or have their kids in mommy camp all summer. I’m not that kind of saint. If your summer days look anything like mine then know that you are NORMAL and your kids are also normal. And counting the minutes to school restating doesn’t make you a bad parent.
Deep breaths… it’s almost over.