My kids have 3 half days left of school and then it’s on to a loong summer vacation. I get summer holiday anxiety every year so I thought it would help to write about it.
The general unstructured nature of summer makes me anxious as hell. I really tend to do better during the school year.
I start getting freaked out thinking about summer around late May. Once you’re a parent, you have to keep your kids busy in the summer or you will go crazy… Because they will get bored in about a week and start bugging you to death.
There is a lot of societal pressure around these parts to keep your kids active in sports and whatnot. The thing is, my kids aren’t into the garden variety team sports.
So while many of the neighborhood moms are car pooling their kids to football, dance, or other things, this mother starts feeling guilty/anxious because her kids aren’t “a part of it”. Even though I know they aren’t even interested in these activities…How loony is that?
That, coupled with the fact that I work at home and my 14 year old is recently very argumentative to her mother have me sort of dreading this summer vacation.
This summer I will set boundaries and rules with the kids. To that effort, my 14 year old will be looking for a J-O-B this summer! Both gremlins WILL be helping me with chores around the house, and there will be limits on internet and video game time.
My anxiety symptoms can flair up in the summer. I think it has to do with it being so light out. for some reason, I always feel psychologically safer in the darker months, especially the fall (If that makes any sense). So I will also stay out of the extreme heat and humidity as much as I can because these can make me feel anxious. I will get up earlier if need be to get my work done.
Do you get summer holiday anxiety? What helps you?
I wish you peace,
Update: This post was written over a few years ago. I just came off a very good and relaxing summer. I have worked on this, and I have changed, thank God.
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