School schedules have made hubby and me little difference for well over a decade. Our four children have been beyond school age and on their own for almost thirteen years.
This year, however, we have two sons (both returning college students) and one grandson (13) living with us. A 7-year-old grandson is also with us every day while his mother works. So the education system’s summer schedule has made a huge difference in our normally quiet lives.
Noise is probably the biggest change. We’re accustomed to a pretty quiet existence most of the time. Those loud, happy family gatherings one attends expecting lots of noise and chaos…that’s everyday life in our house now. And I now understand why I heard my mother and grandmother often make the statement, “I know why God gives us our babies when we’re young.”
The local YMCA is a lifesaver, especially since the weather is so hot. The boys love splashing around in the pool at the Y. Here at the house, they spend more time than I approve of playing video games, but unfortunately, I don’t have enough “oomph” to make something more active happen—especially when the temperatures are so hot outside that not even the bugs want to go out and play. Thank God my grandsons’ parents “do things” with them on evenings and weekends.
So with school break having just started, I’m wondering how all you wonderful mothers out there keep your teens and pre-teens occupied. Surely I’m not the only inquiring mind that wants to know… :)