Marla Smart: Let your summer planning include taking a break

Like most families with school-age children, our year comes to a close at the end of the school year. So much time is invested in what goes on during the months of school... honestly, when it's over I am relieved! Those last few days are a flurry of turning in last assignments/projects, finding "lost" library books, end-of-year parties, etc., that I am grateful for the reprieve of summer. I think it's natural for parents to want to help their children finish well, and that means a lot of hands-on time to get it done.

And to think I thought I was done with school when I graduated!

We are all ready for a break, but now the summer has just started, and our calendars are peppered with plans for many days this summer as well.

Sometimes, in this day and age, we forget to "break." We fill our lives with things to do whenever there is opportunity. I'm not saying it is bad to take a vacation or send your kids to summer camp (or go with them!), but I am saying we may be too full.

It's OK to stop going for a bit. Enjoy some days this summer with no itinerary for anyone. It doesn't mean you are sitting in a dark house not doing anything; it just means there is not a lot of extra planning and preparing for big events. I'm looking forward to that for my family this summer.

Have a great summer BREAK!

Marla Smart is married with three teenagers. Read her weekly on Douglas County Moms. Also check out her personal blog here.

Sometimes, in this day and age, we forget to break. We fill our lives with things to do whenever there is opportunity.


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