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Fayette-Mom: Fingers crossed for best summer yet

Posted June 6, 2011

Jennifer Joyner

This time of year brings out such mixed emotions.

I’m happy and relieved that the school year is coming to a close, yet I realize the amount of work that lies ahead.

For example:

I’m thrilled that I can stop packing lunches, that is, until I realize that I still have to make the lunches every day. The only difference --- they can complain right to my face.

I’m so looking forward to going to the pool, except — someone has to wash the endless pile of towels that go along with swimming.

I can’t wait to sleep in in the mornings, only — it’s on the days we don’t have to be anywhere that my kids wake up the earliest.

Say goodbye to the daily homework battles! Say hello to struggling to get your kids to do enrichment activities so their brains won’t turn to mush!

Summer means we get to spend quality time together. By the end of June, I’m counting down the days to the new school year.

Really, it’s not all that bad. We’ve got some fun things planned, and with a positive attitude, I know this summer is going to be one of the best yet!

Let’s just hope I don’t have to remind my kids hourly what a positive attitude is …..

Jennifer is a mom of two and WRAL-TV assignment editor in Fayetteville. Her food obsession memoir, “Designated Fat Girl,” came out in September. Read more about Jennifer and her book on her website. Find her here on Go Ask Mom on Tuesdays.




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  • howdiditgettothis Jun 8, 2011

    Ouch. Sounds like some the moms on here need a vacation themselves.

    I love summer vacation, and feel blessed that my kids (and I) are able to have a 'true' break from formal schooling & all it entails.

    Moderation is a good virtue to promote at any age or stage.

    As you mentioned, a variety of planned, unplanned, and flexible scheduling make our time together much more enjoyable!

    As far as what is going to be more "enriching" for a child, in my mind -- it all depends on my child's interests and temperament.

    There's no ONE way to do anything in life........if there is -- I must have missed out on that growing up! LOL.

  • Pseudonym Jun 7, 2011

    bjgupton is 100% CORRECT! What is it about my generation of parents that thinks we have to coddle our children? When I was a kid (late 80's-early 90's), I spent ALL DAY outside in the summer, even on 100+ degree days, I drank from a garden hose, I rode my bike through the woods without a helmet, and I made my own breakfast and lunch. What's more enriching for your children: going to another cheesy day camp at the Y, or hands-on learning about nature and life just by observation?

    How are today's kids going to learn how to think creatively and objectively when every day is planned out in advance 24/7/365?

  • Glass Half Full Jun 7, 2011

    Go for year round school. Vacation started this past Friday at 12:30 and they go back July 13. Not enough time to get bored or tired of each other.

  • bjgupton Jun 7, 2011

    teach them to wash, dry and fold those towels - let go and let them be disheveled in the linen closet or bathroom. They need to learn to occupy themselves as well. school age children can fix their own lunch.

  • gtstallings45 Jun 7, 2011

    for what it is worth, i think that enrinchment activities can take the form of watering plants, making up silly songs, or making cookies. don't stress yourself out trying to figure out 'formally enriching' activities. let your children be children and enjoy your time with them.

  • snowl Jun 7, 2011

    lol, enjoy your summer! I'll bet that career waiting for you at the office sounds pretty good right now....:-)