Where did this school year go? Can you believe it’s that time of year again? 😭 The school year is winding down, and we’re about to embark on the adventure that is the summer break. As moms, we have mixed emotions as our kiddos bid farewell to their classrooms and welcome the sunny days ahead. So, let’s grab a cup of coffee, find a cozy spot, and dive into the transition of school getting out.
For most of us, the end of the school year is bittersweet. On one hand, we’re thrilled to bid farewell to early morning school runs, hectic schedules, and homework battles. On the other hand, we can’t help but feel a pang of nostalgia as our kids grow older and another school year comes to a close. Do I really have a high school Sophomore? It’s not even possible.
As our children skip out of their classrooms, we often find ourselves reflecting on the passing of time. Wasn’t it just yesterday that they were taking their first steps or heading off to preschool? It’s a reminder that our babes are growing up, and it’s both exciting and poignant. This transition serves as a reminder that life is a journey filled with milestones, and it’s up to us to savor every moment- even the super frustrating ones. Embracing the Summer break and the uncomfortable transitions will help.
As moms over 40, we have a unique perspective on this transition. We’ve seen our fair share of school years and summer breaks, and we’ve learned a thing or two along the way. We know that the summer break brings a change in routine, and it’s an opportunity to create new memories and experiences with our kids. This can cause anxiety and concern for the mom who likes order and a schedule. If you work outside of the home, there is the layer of “How am I going to make this work?” and “Will I ever get alone time again?”. Two valid concerns. Your feelings are natural and normal. It is expected that we all have some transitional anxiety. It’s totally normal and good for your body to be responding this way.
Make the most of Summer
So, how can we make the most of this summer break with only occasional irritability? Here are a few ideas to inspire you:
Focus on self-care
Let’s start with your care, first. Amidst the hustle and bustle of summer activities, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Plan and schedule your workouts, grocery shopping trips, mindset work, soul work, and shoot- book a girls’ trip if you need it. Make time for self-care, whether it’s reading a book, going for a walk, or indulging in a spa day. Remember, you require a break too.
Connect with your people
Summer break is an excellent opportunity to connect with your community. You know that friend that you love but just haven’t connected with in a while? Do it! If you don’t have that friend who comes to mind, plan playdates, organize potluck picnics, or simply gather for a chat. Building and nurturing a support network is invaluable, and it’s a chance to create lasting friendships.
Embrace the freedom
Say goodbye to strict schedules and embrace the freedom that comes with summer. You may not be able to adhere to your school-year workout schedule. There will have to be some adjustments and that’s ok. Allow yourself to relax (deep breaths when needed) and try to go with the flow.
Plan family outings
Use this time to plan fun family outings and explore new places together. Whether it’s a trip to the beach, a hike in the mountains, or a visit to a local museum, create memories that will last a lifetime without the stress. How so? Plan in advance. Prep the kids and the partner, make sure everyone’s expectations are set before you head out of your event.
Summer break is the perfect time to nurture your child’s creativity. Set up an art station, encourage them to write stories, or let them explore their musical talents. Ge4t a big box and fill it with nuts and bolts and allow your engineer to build amazing things this summer. Yes, things may be more messy but if you allow the kids to unleash their imagination, you could watch them thrive.
As the school year comes to an end, let’s try embracing the Summer Break transition with open hearts and open minds. Let’s cherish the moments, big and small, and forgive ourselves when we don’t. Being a parent can be hard, friends. We need to cut ourselves a break when we are not on our A-game. Summer break is a time for us to reconnect, rejuvenate, and create lasting memories together. So, here’s to an incredible summer ahead—a season of change, growth, and peace.