I Don’t Miss my Kids While They’re at School


I have a confession. I don’t miss the older kids even one little bit while they are at school. Quite the contrary actually.

I love my kids but I don’t like them very much during the summer break. Nine weeks of listening to them fight and bicker was enough to leave me with a jaw and teeth I was sure would break from being clenched and nerves that are more frayed than the iPad charger that the youngest fed to the dog.

I am a firm believer in sending kids off to camp but both of the older ones showed not one ounce of interest and actually threatened to destroy the world if we carted them off somewhere. I should have taken the chance of an apocalypse instead of dealt with what will only be called “the most stressful summer of life”.

I should have taken the chance of an apocalypse instead of dealt with what will only be called “the most stressful summer of life”.

Something that should also be noted is that my “office” is in the living room at the family computer. My living room look can be described as  Toys R Us explosion meets the sounds of every tech device on the planet all located in 300 sq ft. It is chaos. I work try to do two jobs here. I was hanging on by a thread.

So now that they are in school I have some sort of routine back. My living room still looks and sounds the same but there is no fighting and bickering. To me that is peace. I will take it. Actually, I am savouring it like the last piece of chocolate I ate hiding in the washroom today.

And the kids? They are happier as well. Home is boring, I am too tough on them, and I am pretty sure they are sick and tired of seeing me look like I was on the brink of a nervous breakdown.

So I am happily making their lunches at night, brushing their teeth in the morning, and making sure that they are out the door in the morning to head off for school because for six and a half hours I am in peace. And so I don’t sound like a cruel and selfish mother I am going to remind everyone that space makes the heart grow fonder. I am way fonder today then I was last week.


Aneta Alaei
Aneta Alaei

Aneta is a Toronto-based mom of four that loves a good meal, great company, and learning something new. In her free time, you can find her trying to keep yet another plant alive.

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  1. September 8, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    I like having my kids around, but by the end of the summer they are pretty much ready to go back to school. They like school, so that makes me feel happy for them. Not that there isn’t arguing and bickering and stuff here, I just like the no rushing around and sleeping in days of summer. It was super quiet around here today. I’m not used to it.

  2. September 8, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    We’re still doing gradual entry for kindergarten (today he went for a WHOLE HOUR *sarcasm font*) and I won’t lie – I am REALLY looking forward to him starting full days. I need the break so I can be a good mom. I’m not a very good mom when I’m on 24/7.

  3. September 12, 2016 / 9:16 am

    All Kinder entry is like that and I always feel like it’s such a long and drawn out process. Soon girl soon.

  4. Victoria Ess
    December 1, 2016 / 8:15 am

    No wonder you look forward to back to school! You need your own space back!

  5. kathy downey
    May 25, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    I find by the time August rolls around i am counting the days for back to School