I've decided to spend more time with my kids this summer—because after all, I'm a stay-at-home mom primarily so I can take care of them, and only secondarily so I can take care of the housework.
In any case, let me tell you this: I'm busy! It is so much harder to get kids to do work than to just do it yourself. And while I'm trying to get the kids to do their work, mine falls by the wayside.
It isn't all child labor around here, though: we're having good times too. Every day we do some schoolwork together, and the kids and I love that. We're also doing violin, and we have reading time for half an hour every day after lunch.
Today we went to the park right after breakfast, before it got hot and crowded. It was perfect! We've missed outdoor time since we've been sick, but now that we're mostly better, I'll be trying for something every day, whether it's a walk, a visit to the park, or a bigger outing.
Another thing to juggle that hasn't been an issue in the past is friends. Some neighborhood kids have discovered my kids, and they'll come over at any time (but rarely at a time that's convenient for me).
Probably the most exhausting thing in the past couple of weeks has been my kids fighting. They're so unpredictable: one day they'll be best friends, and the next they can't stand the sight of each other.
So right now I'm behind on housework, I haven't had much time for myself, and I feel like I can't keep up with anything. But I've been spending more time with my children, and that makes us all happy.