As Miss C’s Excellent Unstructured, Unscheduled, Mama Depended a Little Too Much on TV Adventure celebrating the end of the daycare era and the beginning of kindergarten comes to a close, I have come to the not too startling conclusion that I really am a better mother, or at least slightly less frayed around the edges, if I am not around my children 24/7. I also found that the witching hour turns into witching hours where I pay homage to the gods of children’s television way too much if I don’t schedule some sort of daily outing, even if it’s to TCBY to practice serious decision making skills, such as M&Ms versus Reese’s Pieces sprinkles.
I truly have admiration for stay at home moms and parents who home school as I am apparently not cut from that cloth. I’m not saying I couldn’t be a stay at home mom or wouldn’t grow to love it (in fact I think I could grow to love it really quickly), I’m just set in my ways. I’m accustomed to going into the office and spending some time away from my children. I’m especially thrilled that with my new work schedule my actual in office time is now only 16 hours a week. But I am used to my own routine and morning commute and so are the girls.
I know, I was all warm and fuzzy about having Miss C home for three weeks and I am thrilled she had a break before kindergarten started (we may hit an afternoon matinee of Ratatouille today). She spent a lot of precious kid time playing at home, hanging out with her grandparents, and swimming and riding her bike and eating ice cream sandwiches and running through the sprinkler, but, but…thank God kindergarten starts Monday!