Summer Classes Are Just More Work For Moms

I just spent a ton of money signing my kids up for week long Summer camps and classes and as I was putting it all on the calendar it dawned on me - this is just more work for ME. Sure they're getting some enrichment while having fun and they definitely can't sit in my house all day everyday but looking at the schedule I realize, I'm going to be spending a LOT of time in my car. I took an informal poll of my mom friends and they all shared my sentiments; Summer is great (hooray no homework!) but it's also a lot of work for us moms. We use the dishwasher and washing machine more because so many towels and swim gear. There are more trips to Costco to stock up on snacks as our kids graze through the kitchen hourly and we spend even more time shuttling them to and from activities and "adventures". Target trips are less fun as we now have littles tagging along and asking for every. single. item. that looks like it can be used in a pool/park/ backyard. 
It's a LOT yo. 

Starting the first week of summer one of my kids has something each week. Dance class, swimming lessons, SAT prep or a sport. And I'm happy to be able to have a little bit of extra money to pay for these things for them but danggit if I'm not already tired thinking about all the running around I'll be doing. Up and down the hill several times a day to drop off and pick up. Carting them around to their friends houses and having play dates at my own. My car is going to look like and feel like a rundown cab/Uber service within a few days. 
Throw in a few beach days, doctors and dental appointments and possibly a day trip or two to San Diego and it's a full Summer schedule. And guess who has to be the chaffeur for it all? Mom. 

Working from home is a blessing for sure. I am no longer cut-out to work in anybody's office but the work at home while kids are home all day struggle is REAL y'all. Some days, I don't know if I'm gonna make it! Listen, I know it's hard to "complain" when I kind of signed up for this. I mean, I DID sign them up for these things but it's either put them in classes/ camps to keep them busy or they are stuck at the house with me, eating all the snacks and watching too much TV.  I'm admittedly not the best at planning at "Not Bummer Summer" schedule and adhering to it. There are deadlines to be met, stores to wander through and content to create. The upside is the need to drop them off forces me to take breaks from sitting at the computer for hours at a time which is good for me. Work can be all consuming at times and it stopping to drop off and pick up children reminds me that live is to be lived and experienced both in and out of the home. 

I love the freedom that summer brings. The impromptu cookouts with friends, late nights under the stars, beach bonfires and ice cream for dinner. But I'd be lying if I said it wasn't still a lot of work for all the mama's I know. It doesn't even matter if you work in or out of the home. Someone has to figure out and organize the schedules so these kids aren't left to their own devices for too long. So yeah - school's out and that's rad. We'll soak up the season and make a ton of memories and have lots fun and all that jazz. And I'll still roll my eyes when it's time to get in the car, yet again, to take a child to a lesson. Because no matter how you slice it, summer is still a lot of freaking work.