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Counting the days and making them count

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 9:01pm

My 3-year-old has 18 more mornings of preschool left before summer break begins, and that has me counting. I was inspired by a book review I read about a book called 20,000 Days and Counting by Robert D. Smith. No, I haven't yet read the actual book, but I like the idea of counting our days in order to make the most of them.

Some moms dread summer break, while I know others who love it. I love my three kids, and our summers are always enjoyable, but there is a definite adjustment period as I transition from the freedom and schedule of their school days to a much more child-focused activity schedule (or, at times, a complete lack thereof). Because I work from home, I have both the flexibility to work around my kids and the challenge of working around them during the summer.

So I have these 18 child-free mornings remaining in this school year, and my goal is to optimize this time with activities that are much easier for me to do without kids around. Things like painting, sorting through old toys, writing, and shopping.

Every evening I plan the most essential tasks for me to accomplish on the following kid-free morning so that I can make the most of my time, and it's been pretty effective. I've been able to prioritize and meet some goals that otherwise may have slipped through the cracks with the passing time.

So, yes, I am counting the days until summer break this year, but not really in a dreading way or an excited way at this point. It is more focused and purposeful, like a mom on a mission. And I'm thinking that's not such a bad way to live. Maybe I'll get that book and read it. I can pencil it in for one morning next week. If you get to it first, let me know what you think of it.

 

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