Summer is 12 weeks long for my kids. I am lucky to be home with them the entire summer. We have enjoyed lazy mornings lounging around and getting lots of snuggles in before going on daily adventures … which is a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of school mornings. We have the freedom to do whatever our hearts desire each and every day. The first 10 weeks, I was excitedly running our very own summer camp. My friends teased me because I planned out our weeks in advance: play dates, swimming, and home days for schoolwork / housework. I coordinated with friends and we took the kids to the zoo, indoor play spaces, the movies, and to make crafts. We were rolling strong. However, here we are with 2 weeks to go and we are BURNT OUT. We have done all the things. We have spent all the money (it is expensive entertaining 2 kids). I am out of ideas. In a city with copious things to do, we have done them all. It is hot. I am tired.
Add into the summer burnout my kids’ totally different personalities. One of my kids is totally content lounging around the house all day playing Legos and watching his iPad (yes technology is his parent at this point). He has a big imagination and can come up with pretend play for him and his brother. This is one of the many times I am grateful they are close in age. The other child is literally climbing the walls by the end of the day. He needs a new activity every 15 minutes. Watching movies, painting pictures, and playing board games only gets him through lunch. The energy inside of him bubbles out and he starts irritating his brother. The boys’ fighting, physical and verbal, is getting old.
We are lucky to have a lot of friends. Play dates at our house and friends’ houses are our go to at this point. My kids love each other, but it has been a lot of togetherness. Interaction with others is the key to us all getting through the last leg of summer. Sleepovers at Grandma’s house are also helping. My fun loving, energetic boys just need the change of scenery. Lucky for all of us, my parents have graciously kept them two weekends in a row. I am grateful for our time together, but I think we are all looking forward to the next adventure: the new school year.