The summer is almost over and we're finally down to our last logistical wrinkle. Today, the kids start their final summer camp. And like clockwork, I make the annual resolution to simplify our summer camp planning for next year. We had six different camps for two children, often two separate drop-offs and lots of help from family and neighbors. Next year, let's make it easier!
Of course, I know that I will be tempted by the lure of fun and exciting sounding summer camps for my kids. Probably my resolve will slip a bit. But certainly I will start the process earlier this coming year, so that I don't end up with one child accepted to the preferred camp and the other attending a less-desirable option. (And complaining bitterly that her big sister got deluxe treatment.)
It's one of those perennial ironies that as you get better at parenting and more efficient at running a household, your children are growing and needing you less. By the time I'm an expert mother and housewife, I am guessing they will be about to leave the nest. And unfortunately, I doubt that I can count on them taking my advice when they have children of their own!
What lessons have you learned this summer that you would apply to next year? Please share your expertise.
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