August 23 12

Every morning, my Facebook feed works overtime to refresh all of the newest back-to-school pictures. While I have been loving looking at all the adorable uniforms and the carefully selected first-day-of-school outfits and the giant smiling faces and the new backpacks, lunch boxes, shoes, and haircuts, the big green monster in me is fighting to get out.

Because you guys, my kids don’t start school for almost two weeks.

Almost two weeks. 

I know, I know. You will all surely remind me of this moment come the end of June and my kids are still in school and YOUR kids are already well into their summer vacations and already driving you batty and I’m all, “Neener, neener, my kids are their teachers’ responsibilities! Don’t mind me as I eat my lunch in peace while chatting on skype and watching The Young and The Restless. There’s no whining at our house today!”

I know. And I promise you, I will feel for you in June.

Really, I will. 

I’m just ready for school to start.

And the kids are ready too.

The air has cooled a bit and new—monogrammed (OMG)—backpacks have been purchased. Camps have ended and we are already planning outfits for the first day of school. The kids are anxious to meet their teachers and to make new friends. Emily is dying to know if six graders get lockers.

My kids thrive on schedules and routines, and you know what summer has absolutely none of?

Yup. You guessed it. Schedules and routines. The kids are up way too late and whiny way too early. There has been too much change, too little consistency. We have had post-sleepover camp jet lag and post-Israel baby talk.

But mostly, you guys. I want my kids back on screens again. The little summer experiment was truly wonderful—it really was. We played lots of games and baked cookies and gave each other the chills and read books and rode bikes and used the trampoline and went for walks and spent a lot of quality unscreened time together.

And I don’t regret it. Not at all. It was so important for the kids; it was so important for me; it was so important for the family.

But you know what? I’m so tired. Physically and mentally. I am tired of breaking up fights and answering a million questions and…you know what? I am just way too old to jump on trampolines. Also, I have heard rumors that once you have birthed three children that, um, you can, actually, pee on yourself—and hoo boy would I never live that one down.

I just want to plop the kids in front of a screen and be able to sit for 4 minutes without someone needing to put on a play for me or without someone screaming for a snack or without someone needing her hair straightened or without someone wanting to show me the most amazing skinny jeans in the crewcuts catalog or without someone absolutely needing to know atthatverymoment exactly how the British monarchy works. LOOKATME Mama! Mama look! Can you look? I need you to look? Can you watch this? Mama I need help! Mama! Mama are you listening? Are you looking? 

Or, you know, plop them down at the front door of their school.

So they can have someone else LOOKATTHEM for a change.

And I can hide the LIFE board.

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  1. Our kids watch more TV in the summer than during the school year. We found our boy’s behavior improved significantly at school if he did not watch TV before school so that has become the rule, no TV in the morning. And no TV in the afternoons either, just seems to work best for us. So by Friday if they’ve had no problems in school they can watch when they get home, we often do Family Movie Night w/take out pizza included.
    Summer TV rules are 2 hours in the AM and that’s all. They don’t get to use our computer or the iPod Touch except on special occasions. We’re so mean.
    School starts for us September 5 – but in the PNW all the best weather lasts through Septemeber so I don’t mind the later start.
    Enjoy your last couple of weeks! Well, as much as you can.

    Comment by monstergirlee on August 23, 2012
  2. I think it is awesome that your kids think you’re so awesome and love you so much that they need to have your attention at all times! But I can also see how that is a blessing and a curse.

    Comment by Kristabella on August 23, 2012
  3. That’s exactly it. Blessing and a curse.

    Comment by Alimartell on August 23, 2012
  4. You need an au pair. I’m looking for a new job . . .

    Comment by Avitable on August 23, 2012
  5. I feel your pain. While I can feel this week winding down, I know that next week is going to feel like THE LONGEST WEEK EVER. There are definitely more summer camps in my boys’ future for next summer.

    Comment by Vi on August 23, 2012
  6. From the perspective of a teacher and mom: while you would think that I would be dreading the start of school, I can’t wait for the day after Labour Day either. For some reason, spending the days with 23 of other people’s kids is a lot easier than spending them with two of my own!

    Comment by Kate on August 23, 2012
  7. I’m actually jealous of you. I could use two more weeks of the idea of Joshua starting Kindergarden. Monday is to darn soon!

    Comment by Corey Feldman on August 24, 2012
  8. I had very real intentions of shutting off screens this summer. I really did. It did not happen, though. Maybe next year.

    And I HEAR YOU on the NEEDING SCHOOL TO START NOW.

    Comment by Mrs. Wilson on August 24, 2012
  9. I kind of envy you right now. My kids start school tomorrow (don’t get me started about the year starting – and finishing – with a PD day). It seems wrong – too early. School is supposed to start after Labour Day and finish at the END of June. It’s the natural order of things, isn’t it?

    Then again, I work outside the home, so I’m not responsible for their every waking moment. Judging by how crazy our weekends are, I imagine that if I was doing it every day I’d be more than ready for them to go back too.

    Comment by kootnygirl on August 27, 2012
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