We're Not Saying You Want to Avoid Your Kids, but Here Are 10 Ways to, Well, Do Just That
As much as I was looking forward to Summer with my kids (No packed lunches! Endless pool days! No-stress bedtimes!), the reality is that the season's copious fun comes with a side of exhaustion. Sure, I love waking up a little later; spending the days playing in the backyard, diving into pools, and heading to and from camps; then spending the nights chasing fireflies, barbecuing, and watching family movies way past our usual bedtimes. But there's also the reality of having to fit errands, housework, and actual work into all that Summer fun, and the result is that I'm usually asleep before the sun goes down (I mean, it does stay light pretty late) and desperate for the alone time that was easy to find during the school year.
A mom has to be crafty to sneak in some time away from her kids during the Summer, but it can be done. From finding camps that your kids will love (and you'll love dropping them off at) to enlisting the childcare help of friends, family, and babysitters, the following 10 tactics will help you get a breather, find some alone time, and yes, avoid your kids this Summer. After all, all that s'mores making, sunscreen slathering, and craft creating deserves a reward, and that reward is a break from parenting. Here are the easiest ways to ditch your kids this Summer and score some solo hours.