For the first time I can remember, I am not dreading summer.
It seems silly, but for years, I dreaded the summer months, not knowing how I was going to fill the hours and entertain my kids. There’s only so much fun in going to the pool every day, you know?
Last year was a disaster. My kids convinced me not to sign them up for much, saying they needed a break from school and a relaxed schedule. Boy, did I live to regret that one. They were bored by week two!
This year, I have the perfect mix of organized activities and free time. When my daughter came to me in May and said she wanted to go to a two week drama camp, I signed her up immediately, before she had the chance to change her mind. For my son, I found two different camps that feature activities he is interested in, plus plenty of his friends to go along.
Sprinkled in are a couple of family vacations and two Vacation Bible Schools, one with an afternoon drama camp that my daughter will love.
I can’t tell you the relief I feel from having a plan. Sure, I know boredom will still be a problem (I am dealing with kids, aren’t I?). But at least I know I’ve done what I can to help ease the pain.