This has been 7 years in the making…
Where do I start, I’ve been waiting so long for this.
Not that I’m happy she’s gone…wait, yes, actually I am happy that she’s gone for a while. I’ll miss my lil shadow, but I intend on enjoying myself for the next month. No homework help, no carpool, no ironing clothes for the week. I could keep going, cause you see my tween is away for the next month!
- Hit the gym right after work: no rushing to make afternoon pickups. Get your workouts in, no excuses.
- Pamper yourself – mani/pedi, massages: no paying for her nails to be done, only to have them scuffed up before we even leave the shop.
- Weekend getaways with your hubs/man/girlfriends: My point here – go somewhere with somebody! Doesn’t have to be fancy. My tween actually got mad about this one! She expected us to just sit at home while she was away.
- Have some knock free sleep: unless of course there’s some other kind of knocking going on! Ok, so my original thought here is not having a kid knocking on your door interrupting whatever. My child knocks on the door like she’s a drug bustin’ cop. How can such small knuckles curl up to make that sound?
- Catch up on Game of Thrones (just finished all 5 seasons, thank you very much) or whatever R rated movie you’ve been waiting to see, free from Disney and Nickelodeon: Ah, freedom from sugar-coated singing and dancing. Bring on the debauchery!
- Pee all by yourself: Don’t know about you guys but my child still sits outside the bathroom door and talks to me while I am handling my business.
- Work on your hobby/your passion without hearing “Mom, look at me!”. Wow, as a writer, being able to type an entire sentence…wait, an entire blog post without being called to watch her perform a scene from Teen Titans.
- Walk in your living room without stepping on doll accessories or rainbow loom stuff. Ok, so I was the sucker who bought the first rainbow loom. But, our vacuum can only hold so many of those lil rainbow rubber bands.
- Lounge, eat your favorite snacks with your favorite glass of wine in peace. Go ahead, eat your pretzels and hummus without seeing that lil hand reach over into your bowl.
Ok, so see how I made this list all about me? That’s why I stopped at #9.
My point here is that if you have an opportunity where your kid(s) will be away during the summer, seize that moment!
Notice, I didn’t list anything over the top, like jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. Or zip lining through a forest.
Truth is, while I am out doing the things I listed above, my daughter will cross my mind several times. I’ll wonder what she’s doing, if she’s having fun, if she’ll be ready to come back home in a month. Funny how when our kids are with us, we want a break. But when we get that break, we think about them so much, ready for them to come back home.
One thing I’ve realized in my time as a mom/parent is that I need time for myself in order to be the parent they need me to be.
So, go ahead. If you get some time this summer, be it 5 days, 5 hours, 5 minutes, do something that makes you happy, makes you feel satisfied.
Moms/Dads, what would you add to my list of things to do while your kid is away for the summer?