Thursday, August 18, 2016
Why I'm Ready For My Kids To Go Back To School
My kids go back to school on Monday.
And I'm ready.
Don't get me wrong: I'll miss them. I'll miss sleeping in. I'll miss hanging out with them. When they're sane.
But I won't miss the noise. I won't miss Natalie and her friends coming in and out of the house. If her friends weren't available, Natalie would sigh and say she was bored. I won't miss that either.
So yes. I'm ready.
1. Natalie sits like this in the shopping cart. She claims her feet hurt.
I'm weak, so it makes the cart tougher to push. I have to find creative ways to balance groceries in the cart so she won't smash them. I could make her walk, but then I'd hear her dramatically sigh every few seconds, and it would only irk me.
2. I don't want to make lunches, which is silly because I make lunches when they're in school. But I don't have to hear them sigh or complain about it then, because they'll be in a cafeteria and I'll be at home blissfully unaware if they're whining about their sandwich to a friend.
3. My kid is loud.
She startles the crap out of me, at least three times per day. She finds it hilarious.
4. I like my alone time. It's blissful, I won't lie. Some people hate the quiet. I love it. I can get so much done.
5. Running errands is so much easier. And faster. Go figure.
6. I won't have to hear my teenager sigh at me when I tell him he needs to stop playing video games and get some Vitamin D.
7. The quiet. Oh man, do I miss the quiet. I already mentioned the quiet, but I love it, so I had to mention it again. The quiet.
There will be times when my heart will ache and I'll wish my kids were around when they're at school. It always happens. But it's also a good thing: I get to MISS them. When I miss them, I find I'm a more relaxed parent.
So I might have a giant smile on my face come Monday.
But I'll also have a giant smile on my face when they come home. (Even if my teenager is still scowling.)
Are you ready for your kids to back to school?