As a parent, I try to find balance in our day to day comings and goings in hopes of bringing harmony into our home. This probably sounds corny...but nothing is worse than crabby mom and overtired and stimulated kids...especially if the two collide and happen simultaneously.
I am not saying that these moments don't happen here...often...but lately I have felt pretty confident and sure of the choices I have made for our summer schedule. And I am finding it is working for us. Even with an overloaded day thrown in there yesterday - everyone survived with minimal whining (by both mom and children).
Last summer we were out the door every day by 8am for multiple activities 4 days a week. This year I am just focusing on swim lessons during the daytime hours. We are on session two. Because Henry and I aren't in the pool and Charley has moved out of the preschool level and is in with the bigger kids he can go during the 8:30 time slot. Yes, early. But we are up here anyways (6:20 am, baby!). Henry is content starting the day off sitting "up" in the balcony watching. And off we go. From swimming we have just been going with the flow. Making plans and taking the days as they come. I am happy. I am relaxed. And the boys are experiencing summer.
It feels good to find the choices you made work for your family. It brings a sense of "I think I kinda know what I am doing in this thing called parenting." That feeling obviously comes and goes from moment to moment but lately, when it comes to our daily schedule. I think I got this one...at least for now.