Every year for the past few years, the last week of school tends to be very full. It happened again this year, so classroom sleepovers, school beach walks, class stores, dance recitals and an out-of-town soccer tournament filled the calendar. The kids had lots of fun, but let’s be totally honest: even entertaining events require recovery time.
I’ve created a new tradition. I used to feel uberguilty if we didn’t do something momentous the week after school let out. Especially if the weather was sunny. It is almost a cardinal sin not to go out and enjoy the sun if you live in the Pacific Northwest! So the first Monday morning usually went something like this: “Yay! It’s officially summer vacation, guys! Let’s try a DIY project! Let’s go to the beach! Let’s go get a banana split!” In effect…go, go go!
I think I finally get it this year. (I guess it’s about time since I’ve been at this parenting gig for over 12 years.) I’ve learned that it’s okay to relax. Not only is it okay, but it is necessary. I don’t need to take them on adventures or do amazing Pinterest projects with them the second that they get some free time. We can sit and play cards in our pjs, not brush our teeth until noon, lounge in the hammock and have bedheads all day and it is okay. Actually more than okay. It is just as fun as all that other stuff, if not more. Even though I’m still feeling a wee bit guilty (notice the sunny window behind Iris) these few days of laziness are the best.
Celebrate the bedhead. :)