Thoughts from the Executive Director…

I just read back on my last post and realized I hadn’t written since the Fall and here it is Spring!  Crazy how the time has flown and we have moved from the kids going back to school to the kids getting ready for the end of the school year and all that brings to the table.  Just as the beginning of the school year brings many challenges and joys the end of the school year brings its own bag of “goodies”.

This time of year finds many parents juggling the joys of summer with the realities of two working parents.  Even when you are a stay-at-home parent, summer brings its own challenges, many children have difficulty with the change in their schedule, siblings find themselves at home with too much time on their hands, parents who were able to get a break from 9-3 find themselves in the throes of constant kids.

It’s not that we don’t love our kids and love spending time with them but summer does bring a whole new set of challenges for many families.  It also brings so much fun!  Time to sit in the backyard and do nothing but look at the clouds, time to make mud pies and blow bubbles, time to run thru the sprinklers and swim in the neighborhood pool.  Some of my best memories are of spending lazy summer days with my kids with nothing planned.

I think the important thing for all of us is to remember to set realistic goals for ourselves and our children for this summer.  Not every minute of summer can be fun filled, there are still chores to be done and parents do need a break from the 24/7 bedlam.  I have learned over the years that a well structured but flexible summer works the best for my family.  A summer where some activities and camps are planned but also days when nothing is planned.  It is also important to remember to schedule “parent” time so you can recharge your batteries!!!

Have fun!  Jill

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