School Burn—Out — Mommy Daze

With the recent warm temperatures we’ve had, the kids and I got pretty excited for Spring. But in typical Maryland fashion, March looks like it’s going to be a rollercoaster of a weather ride that is making Spring feel even farther away. Our days are filled with hectic mornings, rushing to school drop-offs and pickups, and squeezing in errands in between. Then evenings go by fast with homework, baths, dinner and a short bedtime routine because everyone’s tired and out of patience. So how do I survive the next 14 or so weeks of school when both the kids and I seem to already be burnt out on the daily routine?

rsz image1My usual go-to when I need some pepping up, is to plan something fun to look forward to! Currently I’m working on planning a few day trips to perk up the weekends, things like short hikes, Arundel Aquatic Center for some swimming, and maybe local parks for the kids to practice their bike riding. If I have the addresses written down and all the info in advance, it makes it easier to just pack up and go if the weather is nice. If it’s not, we also have a membership to the Maryland Science Center this year and have already enjoyed spending some cold afternoons there. Just getting out of the house and doing something fun with the family for the day can really help make a long, tough week better.

There are also lots of fun Spring events and festivals coming up for St Patrick’s Day and Easter, so I’m making sure to mark those on my calendar. Nothing like some fun holiday events and sugar to keep the kids energized! Okay maybe sometimes a little too energized.

Some spontaneity can also help us break up the monotony of weekday routines. With both kids at separate schools right now, there’s usually always at least one or two restaurant school fundraisers a month, so I like to do a dinner out when those come around. The other day my son jumped off the bus so excited to tell me that it was free pancake day at IHOP. I hadn’t planned on doing pancakes for dinner that day, but we piled in the van anyway and waited in the long line for free pancakes because it was fun, spontaneous, and made my kids happy. And does it get any better than free?

There is also the upcoming Spring Break which many families take advantage of by squeezing in a short vacation. We haven’t done this before, but now with both kids in school I can definitely see the appeal to it! There are so many great places nearby to escape to for a long weekend, like Great Wolf Lodge, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Massanutten Resort, or just be a tourist at one of the amazing nearby cities such as Washington DC, Baltimore or Philadelphia. Or maybe even a trip farther away to somewhere sunny and warm!

But since I apparently can’t just hop on a plane and spend the next few weeks on a sunny beach somewhere, I at least feel more prepared with some fun things to get the kids and I through till summer.

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Mandy Watts is a stay-at-home mom who lives in Crownsville with her husband, Justin, who runs their family business, and their two sons, 5-year-old James and 3-year-old Luke.