Why Moms should celebrate “Back to School Day”?
After a few years of holding a very demanding role at a corporation, I decided to take a little break and dedicate some time to my lovely children during the summer (ages twelve, four, and four… yes TWINS! ALL BOYS).
I never really understood before, when other moms would make comments like, “are you ready for school to start?” or “ready for the summer to be over?”
“How could I be ready for the summer to be over? I love the summer!” I thought to myself, puzzled by such a question. Why would I want the kids to end their well-deserved summer break???
Well… I get it now!
After dedicating seventy-three days straight and a few hours to my little bundles of joy, I could FINALLY understand why. I will let my shameful group text serve as proof.
I sent this to my Friends at 8:12a.m. Immediately after school drop off, and their replies were no surprise:
- Let’s throw a “Back to School Margarita Party!”
- “Spa day!” Sounded like she could certainly use a margarita party too!
- I’m so sad that the kids are going back to school… NOT!
- Happy “Back to School Day” to all of us lucky moms whose kids go back to school today!
Truthfully, all I could do was picture myself in the pool, on a giant inflatable swan pool float, with a cocktail in one hand, and a book in the other. I was finally part of the group! The CBSD (Celebrating Back to School Day) group.
Why is it that, we are all so ready for this miracle day to finally arrive? It is the one time of the year where we can spend quality time with our kids, enjoy adventures together, travel, play, stay up a little later, and bend the rules a bit.
In all honestly, no matter how much we LOVE our children, it is EXHAUSTING! Especially, when you have two little ones the same age.
Here are a few reasons why…
Leaving the House
Living in Las Vegas forces you to spend your summer at the pool or in an indoor playground, or in most cases a mixture of both. It is inevitable that the heat is unbearable and God forbid the kids have to stay at home all day without a pre-planned activity. In their pretty little minds, we were all placed on earth to entertain them.
Every time you have to leave the house, it is like packing for a ten day vacation. Between extra clothes, snacks, a few toys, and the classic “I forgot my…” or “Oh I think I have to go pee” when you had already buckled them into their three-point harness car seat, leaving the house takes forever.
Some Mommy Time
I just want to have one hour to myself to stay fit, and in reality, to stay sane. Is that too much to ask?
The ultimate tantrum because, they don’t want to stay at the kids club, conveniently located at the neighborhood gym. My child dramatically adds, “I’m gonna miss you Mommy”, with a fat tear rolling down his eye. The first few times one of my twins said this to me, I felt needed, loved, and flattered. Then, it just got old! All I wanted was forty-five minutes to myself. (Notice how MY time starts decreasing?)
Sleep deprivation is the condition of someone not having enough sleep. For those newborn moms reading this right now, you know exactly what I mean. Now, you may be asking yourself why I would be sleep deprived if my kids are twelve and four? Well, I was not the one who was sleep deprived, my kids were. My twins have always been on a rigorous schedule because, otherwise how else do you keep up with trying to survive, right?
Anyway, this summer my twins decided they were done with naps, and that they could stay up anywhere between two and two and a half hours extra every night. They believed that they had the ability to still wake up at the same time, 6:00 a.m. sharp.
I ran into another mom of multiples, her’s are the same age as mine. She said to me, “oh no, my twins still nap daily, between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.” Needless to say, my eyes were shinning like little stars. All I could think of was, “naps, I hated you when I was a child. I am so very sorry. Please come back to be a part of our lives.”
How can something so simple become so overwhelming? I must say that anyone who knows me well, knows for a fact, that I have exceptional organizational skills. If I have to run errands, I will plan my route accordingly, and look into every single detail around it. This keeps me on track to ensure that I make my time productive and efficient. My “Process Improvement” background went out the door every single time I had errands to run with the kids this summer. What a hustle, but I still had to get things done.
These are just a few reasons why I propose we collectively join forces, and officially celebrate “Back to School Day” moving forward. It is unquestionably a day to party.