If you are on Facebook and spent any time scrolling through today’s activity, you can’t have helped but notice the large numbers of parents openly rejoicing about the fact that they once again can ship their kids off to school every day, thereby finally allowing them to “get some work done”.
Am I missing something here? I mean, clearly these kids are not infants or they wouldn’t be going to school. Why can’t the parents “get any work done” while the kids are around?
Maybe it’s because kids who spend the majority of their time being told what to do in school often have no single clue what to do with themselves during the summer, and so expect the parents to entertain them?
Maybe the kids have so much pent up energy from sitting in a classroom all year that during the summer months they let loose and the house virtually shakes from all the activity?
Whatever it is, I’m glad it’s not my reality. Today, for instance, I spent the bulk of the afternoon sewing while my kids did things like raise money so a friend can join us on a trip to the Bahamas (Maya) , Skype with friends and build things on Minecraft (Ben) and relax after dinner with movies and games (both Maya & Ben). None of those things required any involvement from me, beyond giving suggestions re: money-making and answering a few questions, or taking a look at a new on line creation.
I kind of feel sorry for parents who are so happy to see their kids go away every day. And also for the kids, because they are the ones sent to school, starting a new year and probably already loaded with homework.
As for Ben, he’ll just take a nap.