Adjusting to the lazy days of summer

Filed under: Big Kids, Work Life, Activities: Babies

Ellie and I are in the second week of our first ever stay-at-home summer vacation. In the past, I worked full time outside of the house and Ellie attended pre-school or day care in the summer months. This year, we are hanging out together with all the other stay-at-home moms and their kids.

While I have been looking forward to this for months, I have also been a little concerned about filling up all that free time. After months of rushing out the door to get to school each morning, Ellie now has the leisure of sleeping late, wearing pajamas until noon and spending her time any way she pleases. That can be fun for a while, but sooner or later she is going to get bored, right?

Maybe not. For the past two weeks, she has been content to hang out, play with the dog, scooter with her friends and swim. She spent an entire day this week rearranging her Barbies and has rediscovered her old, unfinished coloring books.

Turns out, the only person getting bored around here is me. I am the type of person who can't sit still for very long. I have spent my entire adult life feeling like I was in a hurry and that time was running out. I rush around taking care of business until I collapse at the end of the day. Usually, if I don't have anything pressing to do, I will create something. Now, I work while she is sleeping and have very little business to attend to during the day.

I am trying to avoid the urge to fill the hours with activity. Ellie doesn't want to be busy and I am beginning to understand why. Once you get used to it, doing nothing can be very satisfying.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.