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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer Routines

I'm exhausted. By 8 o'clock every night this week I am holding tight to my last remaining bits of sanity and patience. My husband would probably argue that my hands are in fact empty - patience and sanity lost long ago.
I thought 4 was supposed to be easier than 3. I was counting down the  days until E turned this magical, grown-up number. I was looking forward to our summer break, didn't even really worry about the fact her preschool officially ended two full weeks before anyone else in our area began summer vacation. That would give us two weeks of long lazy days with sunshine adventures thrown in and lots of quality time together as mom and 4 year old.
Ha. After two weeks of power struggles, tantrums, and general grumpiness I am ready to admit defeat. I am also not ashamed to admit that Emeline has not been the only one demonstrating those undesirable behaviors.
I'm not sure if it is the fact that she is (we are) both missing the routine of going to school 3 mornings a week or the addition of a puppy to our family dynamic but we are definitely out of whack. And it is making me tired. And grumpy.
We need a routine. Stat. I need something we can stick with, something that is easy to stick to and doesn't send either one of us in a tailspin if we deviate from it, something that balances my desire to go-go-go, and our reality of limited transportation. And since I pretty much suck at sticking to routines, especially self-imposed ones, I'm reaching out to you - what is your summer routine? How do you keep your kiddos and more importantly yourself from going stark raving mad? Please share your ideas in the comments below or on the Facebook page. Let me learn from your experiences. I'm too tired and grumpy to try and recreate the wheel.

Thank you in advance for your wisdom and support!

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