Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The New Kind of Summer

I knew it was coming. I knew I'd need a game plan and I knew I needed to figure out a few things before it came. But like everything else in my life right now, here I am without a game plan. Summer came, like clock work.

I've never worked in the summer and I'm not sure if it's more difficult on the kids or myself, but it's suckin' some serious wind right now. My kids want to hang out at the pool all day and eat watermelon. They want to have all their friends over to stay up late and eat junk food, they want to go to parks, hikes and they want to go to the beach damn it. I want to go to the beach.

We are adjusting, quite stubbornly, to a new life.

I was hoping to begin working from home in the afternoons to help the flow of this new kind of summer, but it's a no go. I'm disappointed to say the least. It was an option that was on the table before I took the position, but now it's not. Disappointed. I was thinking of pulling EG out of school for a few different reasons during the summer only, but that's off the table now as well. Totally disappointed.

How does everyone else do it?

I know I can't be the only working M0m out there that struggles with this combo?


Lindsay said...

The only thing I can say (as working, single with two) is that you have to give yourself a break and accept that there are compromises to be made, and make the time you do have count as much as possible. Making compromises doesn't mean you are a bad parent. I consider myself lucky that I have the best career match as a single parent (teacher) as our holidays coincide. Otherwise I'd be a basket case (or more of a basket case!) But I also made a choice to give up all my promoted responsibilites (and the money!) so as not to take work home anymore. I don't miss it at all! Being a working parent does not mean you are a bad parent or neglecting your children!

Briana's Mom said...

Gosh - I imagine it is really hard on everyone. Wish I had some good advice for you. :(

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