School is officially out this week. Since I am a working mom to a preschooler, I don’t feel the stress of working through summer vacation. I don’t have school age kids who I need to find day camps or day care for the 10 weeks of summer so that I can continue to work.
Yet I still get mighty jealous of the SAHMs in my neighborhood who are spending these hot summer days at our local cabana club. It’s the only time of year that I feel any animosity towards the moms on the other side of the fence. Sure the grass always looks greener on the other side. But in the summer, there is also a pool over there and some freshly squeezed lemonade.
While I’m in my air conditioned office writing reports and trying to manage projects through the time of year where everyone seems to lose focus, my SAHM friend is packing up for a beach day with her three kids. Honestly, who would really choose to be inside in a boring beige office when the alternative is being outdoors under the gorgeous blue skies?
I’m sure my SAHM mom friend will have days this summer where she dreads having to spend an entire day with her kids with no help, no breaks, and no time to herself. Afterall, the grass is rarely better on the other side. It’s just different.
What are your plans summer vacation? How will you manage working through it? Are you taking time off to be a summer-time SAHM? Or are you staring out at the blue skies in your office like me?