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Julie Gilkay: Spring break, and it's time to think about summer

11:28 AM, Mar. 27, 2013  |  Comments
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We've been on spring break this week, but my mind has been on summer.

Specifically, it's been on my lack of planning and filling out of forms that usually come this time of year.

In the past few years, I've had my entire three months mapped out by now, with each week detailed and planned on the calendar. I knew how the kids were getting here and there and which of their friends would be along for the ride.

But I've got a more relaxed attitude heading in, and my hang-loose approach to the summer is right in step with my notion of not wanting to over-schedule the kids like I did two years ago when they were running from basketball league to tennis lessons and having to squeeze in a bag lunch in between in the car.

There's enough of that during the school year; I want them to have a bit of an escape from it in the summer.

Even our plans for a July vacation are nothing more than talks right now.

The kids have a couple of sports camps they want to do, and Grace already is registered for one, but they all couldn't agree on summer school. They definitely don't want to take swimming lessons - though that one's not up to them - but they are considering golf.

I've decided I'm going to take each camp brochure as they come and try not to sweat it out too much already and feel like we have to do it all.

I understand that the kids just want to be kids and enjoy the summer, with some planned activities thrown in for good measure and to keep them active. They'll have their organized soccer and baseball at night any way and a few tournaments on the weekends.

But we need to make sure there is time for seeing friends, playing outside, swimming, running around and cooling off with freezer pops.

After all, that's what summers are made of.

- Julie Gilkay: 920-993-1000, ext. 319, or jgilkay@postcrescent.com. On Twitter @JulieGilkay. She is the mother of Benjamin, 11, Grace, 9, and Lucas, 7.

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