I have a confession. I’m a guilt-ridden mom. I know this insanity has to stop, but I can’t help it. I’m conflicted. Little One started camp today and I don’t know how I feel about it.
I’m excited for her. In fact, I’m super excited. She gets to spend a few weeks this Summer hanging out with her cohorts, learning new things, and having fun.
The other part of me feels guilty about not letting her have an easy, restful Summer vacation. After all, Summer vacation, as we all know is fleeting. It goes by far too quickly and kids are only little for a short time. Part of me contemplated letting Little One stay home this Summer and not having structured activities. She could play outside, play on the trampoline, and we could go to the beach after I finish work.
Yes, I work from a home office, but I put in regular working hours. The only difference is that I don’t leave my house to go to my office. I know it’s a new concept for many and most people who don’t work from home cannot comprehend that just because your office is in your home, you can’t just take off or do what you want whenever you want. To be honest, I find it’s more of a juggling act to accommodate scheduling and activities. For this reason, it is so difficult for me to work when Little One is home during the day. Summer camp has been a huge blessing.
The community’s Summer Recreation Program is fantastic, and so reasonably priced! $15 a week! $20 with field trip. You can’t beat that!
This week, the kids have Outdoor Expedition Week. They’ll be making terrariums, going on a fossil hunt on the beach, making homemade bird feeders, and even going on a field trip to Manitoulin Streams where they will be exploring habitats and creatures in the water. Manitoulin Streams will be taking the kids on a “Stream Detective” workshop where the children will be netting aquatic bugs, building a bass spawning nest, and more.
Little One is very excited about the upcoming Hands-On Science week. They’ll be doing hands-on experiments, including making their own lava lamps out of an empty plastic bottle!
Despite the fact that I know Little One will have a great time, I only wish I could spend more of the Summer with her. She’s only four years old. When I was four, we didn’t do any organized activities during the Summer. For us, Summer meant getting to sleep late, sleep in, hang out with our friends and play all day. Summer meant freedom. It was a break from school and just a time to relax and be kids. I put Little One in Junior Kindergarten at three years of age and now Summer camp activities at four years old. I’m wondering if I’m doing the right thing.
Do your kids go to camp or Summer activities? What’s your take on this? Should kids just be kids and take it easy for the Summer or do you think they need organized activities?