Do you remember the days before you were a parent or at least when your children were babies and too young for you to know better? The days where we would say, my children will not watch TV, they will never eat at McDonald's and they will never misbehave. The days when we would say to ourselves, as a parent I will NEVER do 'that' and I will do things so much better than my parents did it! My hat is off to you if you said any of the above and have actually managed to follow through, you are well ahead of me!
My children watch TV, have the occasional McD drive through and misbehave much more than I would like. Too often I find myself thinking something or saying something and realize that I'm sounding exactly like my mother!
When my daughter was younger I loved having my summers home with her. It was so much fun and a great time to spend together. After my son was born he joined in the summer fun. We had wonderful outings and enjoyed practically every moment. I honestly couldn't imagine why parents would get so excited to send their kids back to school. I would tell myself that I would NEVER think like that! Who wouldn't want to spend every second with these precious little miracles?
Hah! Fast forward a few years ... and school starts tomorrow, and it couldn't be soon enough! I LOVE my children but after 2 months of listening to their constant chatter, bickering and endless energy (which constantly leads them into heaps of trouble) I am more than ready to send them back to their teachers and give myself some breathing room.
I do feel a little guilty for being so excited to see them off to school but guilt comes with the territory of being a parent and I'm simply learning to accept it. It seems easier than feeling guilty about feeling guilty!
Tomorrow morning at 9am raise your mug of steaming hot coffee (because finally you can enjoy it while it's hot) and toast the first day of school with the rest of us very grateful parents :-)