the whirlwind of end-of-school-craziness is just about at a close...
well, i'm sure there will still be some,
just all together different.
there is much to get done,
projects i'm needing to begin,
books to read,
clothes to wash
(and actually fold and make it to the drawers!)
all that said i'm winding it down.
i'm determined to have a semi schedule this summer.
the kind of schedule that helps actually have more time to relax?!
here's the deal.
we are not a go-go-go family.
we're a mostly stay home and do random things family.
the kids do not participate in any sports other than the oldest monkey with spring baseball.
we don't do camps/trainings/plan lots of play dates/etc.
with 4 kids going to 4 places and picking up fries along the way.
there will be more busyness.
being HOME with family is more important than having all the kids kept "BUSY".
i do not feel at all comfortable about sending my kids off to adults i don't really know for hours at a time.
i've never even allowed them to go to VBS.
while these activities can be fun, i would encourage parents to ask questions regarding background checks ( in our state, i've heard but not verified it only shows up if the occurrence HAPPENED in our state!)
and whether or not there are policies in place for a 2 deep ratio.
i know some people are eye rolling at me.
in a world where possibly 1/2 the kids are sexually molested this is not something to consider lightly.
and even better, if you can be present at these camps, etc, then by all means STAY!
i know this may mean that you have to wait 2 hours and take the kids to the grocery store when you are done, but it is worth the protection of your children!
will your child be upset when they are 'the only one' unable to attend the sleepover?
there will be tears and tantrums galore.
but just say no!
have a sleepover in your living room,
popcorn and movies.
invite friends to your house as much as possible.
stay home rather than running from one place to the next
(unless of course it's a park hopping extravaganza!).
find time to lay under an oak and read a good book to your kids.
(we're currently on Little House on the Prarie).