As the months passed, his excitement grew. I, however, was drained. I dreaded looking at the family calendar as it was filled with a jammed packed schedule. I watched my email like a hawk hoping to receive an “I’m sorry this activity is cancelled for today” email. Those came very few and far between. By the end of every week, I loathed the fact that I only had one day with no activities. I frequently asked my husband to take over an activity but was constantly met with an “I told you so” glare. By the end of my son’s preschool year, I made a pact that I would have at least 2 free evenings of no activities.
As the years passed, our number of after school activities slowly decreased. I was loving my new found freedom, and I didn’t have to worry about which activity was scheduled on each evening. We weren’t eating fast food quite as much, and I was able to try out some recipes I found on Pinterest. I felt like parenting was finally looking up. That was until homework. My evenings were filled with constant studying, projects, and homework.
Now the mother of two school aged children and a toddler, I realize that I had it all wrong. After school activities are my relief. Not only am I a mother of 3 children, but I also work full-time; I rarely get alone time. The majority of my time is spent surrounded by other people. Two of my children take a dance class once a week at the same time. A dance class where parents are asked not to stay. So, for one hour every week, I am able to sit and do nothing. It’s the time when I don’t have to cook dinner and I don’t have to help with homework. I am able to enjoy my “me time.” I now look forward to after school activities. I no longer despise our long days and now understand why there are smiles on most TV moms’ faces.