Confessions of a BadAssMama - The Christmas Edition

I do not like to spend extended periods of time with my children.

Let me explain.

The same pattern begins every time the end-of-year celebrations roll around. We look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year (or whatever it is that you celebrate - the BadAssMama does not discriminate). Then suddenly it dawns on is closed for 10 days straight.


What the hell am I supposed to do with my kids for 10 days straight?

Now, the perfectionist in me cringes at the mere thought of this. How could I not be excited, enraptured even, with the thought of spending a good chunk of uninterrupted time with my family? Don't we always complain about being too busy with work and the day-to-day grind to really spend quality time with the kids? Don't we wax poetic over all the crafts we would make and the playdates we would arrange and the outings we would take. Then, we have the time and all we want to do is send them back to school.


I know that this joyous season will bring its fair share of laughter and tears, happiness and frustration, shouts of joy and sheer madness. I will love spending time with my kids. And I will hate it.

Mostly love it...kind of. 
Anonymous said...

Yes, the downtime for our kids that we sometimes don't look forward to (what are these schools thinking?). I had no problem signing my kid up for winter day camps during this time of the year, just so I can appear to keep some since of normalcy in my life. Besides, I was not going to kid myself into thinking that I could entertain my kid for hours on end or vice versa. I recall picking her up early from day camp, if I had tickets to something exciting or if I had actually taken the time to plan a full Friday to spend with her. At least the day camp gave me options.

Tragic Sandwich said...

My mother said she never fully liked "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" because of the line "And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again"--she just couldn't relate to that parental mindset, because she loved having us home.

I, on the other hand, totally get it. Just this morning I realized that since Baguette's school is closed all of next week, I really need to come up with a plan for how to spend all that time with her. Because I know that what she would like is to spend the entire time on the couch, with me, watching Pajanimals and Sesame Street. Not gonna happen.

Pam Allen said...

Oh I totally HEAR YA! My kids are almost out for 3 weeks and in those 3 weeks we have bdays, xmas, new years. That's a lot going on plus all the day to day stuff. My house needs a real good cleaning and I know I can't do that until they go to school. Love them but school would be nice right now. :) I'm exhausted

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