Free Fridays

Yesterday, as I sipped an indulgent afternoon cup o’ joe, I worked on our summer schedule. Well, more accurately, this is the schedule for the first three weeks of summer break, because this is when we have swimming lessons. Anyway, I mapped it all out.

 

If you’re at all interested, I’ll write more about what we’ll be up to another time but, for today, I really want to direct your attention to the Friday column.

 

 

See that? Other than waking, exercising, scripture time, and breakfast, there’s, well, nothing there.

 

And that’s just how I like it.

 

Even though we deliberately limit our kids’ activities to ensure downtime, we are still often running around. Summer is more relaxing in many ways, certainly, but we’ve still got a lot going on.

 

I fight hard to keep Fridays open.

 

I would rather drive another town over than do an activity on Friday. I will ask the librarian if there’s a story hour option on a different day. I would rather run myself silly going from gymnastics to teaching church school to a baseball game than move any one of those to a Friday.

 

I cherish my free Fridays.

 

If at all possible, I would encourage any parent I know to try very hard to keep at least one day as close to open as possible. It certainly doesn’t have to be Friday. I know mommies who love having Mondays open to get caught up after the weekend. I know those who keep Wednesday open as a break in the week.

 

Friday works for me. I look forward to a “free day” all week long and I love that, if need be, we can get caught up on errands but, more often than not, I never leave my home.

 

Today is Friday. You’ll know where to find me. :)

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3 comments to Free Fridays

  • Susan

    You are lucky to be able to have “free Fridays.” Think about all the Mom’s in the world who work full time whether it’s the school year or summer time. Sometime in February, all of the working Mom’s start planning for camps and daycare to make sure that every single day of the week is covered. My 12 year old is sitting in my office right now “hanging out” until I can take him to soccer camp during my lunch hour.

    • I do realize this, Susan. I had hoped that I’d been upfront and gracious in acknowledging how fortunate I am that my husband and I are both on the same page and are able to make our situation work. Certainly, this won’t work for those mothers and fathers who work full-time. This is just life, much as there is no way for many stay-at-home parents to ever run out and do an errand on their own. But, for those who DO have the option, I still think it’s a wise way to organize one’s time. :) My sincere apologies if I’ve come across as offensive in sharing what works for our family. That was certainly never my intention.

      • Susan

        Jessie,

        No you were not offensive. I was just remembering when my son was young and I was panic stricken trying to find somewhere for my son to go every single workday during the summer. Most camps in our area use the LA Unified schedule (public school summer schedule). If your child goes to private schools or preschools, you could have 4-5 weeks that were completely uncovered and as a working parent, I can’t take off 4-5 weeks. It’s painful when you have no relatives in the area who can help take care of your child. I’m so glad that I’m past that age now. This is the first summer that I can leave my son home to watch TV and play video games if he has no plans.

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