I’m not sure if this is going to come across as a humble brag or a cry for help but here I go… we’re rounding into the 5th week of summer here in the Hudson Valley and my kid is rounding into his 5th different summer camp, he’s going to a total of 7 camps in 8 out of the 10 weeks of his summer break. Crazy stuff right!?
Just before summer kicked off one of my friends posted a sweet article about bringing summer back to lazy unscheduled days, care free and wonderful. (love you Kell) Sounds so good doesn’t it?? She’s a working mom, as am I and she was fortunate enough to have family nearby and is able to give her kids an un-booked summer. Her Facebook post started a full-blown topic discussion; the booked vs.the un-booked, I fell into my own category of the OVERbooked.
The first sign should have been the moment I had to start an actual day planner, flow chart of sorts to track Travis’s summer schedule. On one hand, I am so happy my son is the ideal camper, loves basically everything from Sports to Science and is always down to try something new. We live in a college town environment where many of the campuses have summer offerings,
which are both affordable and enriching + include cafeteria lunch!
Even better he doesn’t need to know anyone in particular to go to a new camp, club or activity. On the other hand, did I say yes to too much? Yep, I did. That’s why it’s called hindsight. I am not sure if it’s the deep down guilt that comes along with being a working mom with a career for the past 6 years that has required a good amount of travel away from home. Maybe it’s the pressure of balancing divorce life and lots of shuffle 365 days a year, I’m not really sure. But I like to say YES to him, I love that he’s so passionate about what he does and that he’s truly a team player with a variety of interests.
I enjoy the balance it provides him, and that he can come home and veg out in gaming mode and we can ”work” together. I am very grateful that my core friends are all busy mamas as well.
There is always some one running across town that can grab an extra kid (“no camper left behind”… thanks Mal!), stop at Starbucks, pull together a meal and most importantly at the end of the day we can download to one another, preferably over a glass of wine. So whatever your choice was this summer, I hope it continues to be amazing, your kids are happy and maybe you’ll have your own takeaways. My takeaway might be for us as a family to be a tiny bit less overbooked next summer… just a smidge!
About the author Jen Roe:
snow riding + bleacher sitting sports mom to Travis, he’s totally rad ~ Director of Sales & Biz Development @ FiveFifty, a Programmatic Media agency, my job is also rad ~ i live, ride & know snow but we also do summer pretty on point! I am a marketer and an influencer, I love to travel, drink good wine, eat good food & wear great denim. Current Location Hudson Valley, NY ~ wannabe location where you are, if it’s cool (I trust you) “Push your limits it’s good for the soul.” ~ Jen Roe