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Amanda Lamb: End of year fatigue

Posted June 8, 2014

It happens to me every year. I don’t want to pack one more lunch, fill out one more permission slip, write one more check for a school fundraiser or oversee one more school project. While parents don’t get the summer off from work, we do get the summer off from the demands of the school year.

“Mom, we’re getting later every day,” my prompt daughter tells me. In reality, we are usually early, pulling up to the curb at school minutes before the classroom is unlocked. Lately, we’ve been arriving shortly after the teacher opens the door. I just can’t seem to muster the same enthusiasm I had in August.

Like our kids who are full of spring fever, we are also ready to disconnect from our busy school year schedules. Sure, there will still be activities over the summer months, but the demands will not come close to the nine and a half months we spend running from school to sports to dance to bed and back again.

I am looking forward to the mornings where I drink my coffee solo, my children sleeping in, no lunches to pack, no waffles to toast, shoes to tie, or forms to fill out. I know that it will be short-lived. Mid-August is just a few beach weekends and lazy Saturday afternoons away.

But hopefully, by then, we will all be re-charged and ready to face the marathon again.

Amanda is the mom of two, a reporter for WRAL-TV and an author with several books about motherhood. Find her here on Mondays.

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  • newssaavy72 Jun 9, 2014

    Thanks for this article. I feel the same way. I have a teenager that just completed her high school exams last week and one who just finished her 3rd grade year and year round. She is back in in July, but the teenager is out for the Summer. Enjoying not getting up so early for now!

  • righthere1234 Jun 9, 2014

    My son finished 1st grade last Wednesday, and it was a fantastic feeling to set the alarm at *gasp* 6:45 rather than 5:45. It's nice to get a break from hectic evenings, carpool lines, lunch forms, library books, and all things school. I never realized that my parents enjoyed summer as much as I did until my son started school himself.