School’s Out for Summer!

By Crystal McLeod

It is hard to believe we are already at the end of June, the school year is behind us and summer break is now upon us! My daughter graduated from senior kindergarten this year and now she is all pumped and ready to become a Grade 1 student in the fall.

But before I get ahead of myself, we still have two months of summer break to anticipate.

Parents’ feelings about summer seem to go either way. I spoke to a number of them in the weeks leading up to the end of the school year, and while some were looking forward to the final day, other were dreading it! I am kind of in the middle I think.

Pros to summer break:

  • Getting to enjoy the luxury of not making lunches for two months
  • Having both my kiddos home with me and being able to get outside with them and enjoy all that summer has to offer
  • Not having to wake up by a certain time every morning or having to fear missing the bus
  • Less of a structured routine, along with flexibility to go places

Cons to summer break:

  • Two kiddos fighting for two months. (Okay, let’s say half that; one month)
  • Getting out of the work routine I had since February, which involved working when my son was napping and at daycare. Now with my daughter home, I will have to rework that schedule
  • Everyday errands such as getting groceries are not quite as easy with two kids instead of one

That is my reasoning. I think I am leaning more towards gladness than dread, so will run with that for now. But give me a week and I might change my mind! Lol 😉

What do you think? Are you excited that it is summer break or are you already counting down the days until school is back in session?


Crystal is a work-at-home-mom to two beautiful little children and a wife to one! Together with her family, Crystal resides just outside of the nation’s capital in the Ottawa Valley. Not that moms get a lot of spare time, but when she does, Crystal is busy as a co-founder of Ottawa Va

lley Moms and you can find her corresponding daily with their followers via social media outlets.

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