For me, the light at the end of the tunnel is preparing my oldest son as he heads on a month long trip to Morocco and Spain and waving ‘goodbye” to my youngest two as they board the bus for sleep away summer camp. Travel and summer camp leaves the household empty for a couple of months and the opportunity for me to get a little break from the norm.
Being a mom of three amazing children is pretty much non-stop from September to June. With afterschool programs, weekend activities and church on Sundays, it’s very rare that we get to slow things down. Even as I write this article, I already feel the tension at just the thought of preparing for the Fall’s High School and College search and selection process for my children.
As the school year starts winding down, and I start scheduling the children’s summer plans, it is with great anticipation and joy that I will finally get a break from the daily demands of motherhood. And guess what? I don’t feel guilty saying it or doing it! Sleep away camp and trips abroad for them, has not only meant quiet time for me, but time to invest in my own interest and development in a way that I don’t normally get to do.
When school is out and summer break begins, the summer becomes a perfect opportunity to explore your own interests; start writing and/or pursuing your business plan goals, and get out and network with like-minded people.
As partners, mothers, professionals and Womeneurs, we have earned the right to have guilt-free time for ourselves. Hovering over our families doesn’t make us better caregivers; it actually does the opposite. All too often we are running on “E” and feeling burned out without a plan of action to a more gratifying and balanced lifestyle.
Just the idea of knowing that I have my summers to look forward to sustains me through the school year. By the end of August when we all are reunited as a unit, I am fully present and ready to be my best self for my family and everything else I set out to do. Taking out this time during these two precious months produces great benefits:
- Decompress (do what YOU like)
- Set personal, family and professional goals for the coming year
- Establish, nurture and leverage relationships via meet-ups, conferences etc.
Summer break is and can be a win-win for the entire family; there’s no need for anyone to be unfulfilled![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]