11 Moms Reveal Why They Hate the End of the School Year

11 Moms Reveal Why They Hate the End of the School Year

Kids may be counting down the days, but these moms really don’t want school to end.

By Judy Koutsky

Sure, I have fond memories of my own summer vacations when I was a kid, but now I get why my mom wasn’t as joyful. Entertaining the kids all summer long is a major chore. Plus, I love the structure of school -- even if my kids don’t. The drop-off, the small talk with my favorite moms, the after-school program that allows me to do the work I love. To be honest, I wouldn’t be opposed to a 12-month school year. Here, 11 moms prove I’m not alone!

1. “I know it sounds crazy, but I’ll miss the homework. Why? Because that’s when I get my work done. We all sit at the table together and the kids work on math and English, and I finish up the legal briefs I couldn’t get done during the day. As a lawyer, it’s not uncommon to work nights, but I don’t feel so bad doing it when my kids are busy doing work, too.” -- Clarisa, mom of three

2. “I will miss the socialization of school. As a stay-at-home mom, I really enjoy interacting with the other moms at pickup and drop-off. With the summer approaching, I’ll still mix with the other moms, but not on a daily basis.” -- Lorraine, mom of two

3. “The end of the school year means saying goodbye to the teacher. My son is a handful, and it takes a while for him to get into the groove of school. His current teacher has been wonderful, but it’s taken a lot of meetings and work for us to get on the same page. I don’t look forward to the fact that I’ll have to start all over again with a new teacher in the new school year.” -- Theresa, mom of one

4. “At the end of this year, my son will transition from junior high school to high school, and while he’s fine with it, the transitions will be hard for me. In fact, ever since kindergarten, I’ve found end-of-the-year transitions really difficult. It’s just another sign that my baby is growing up.” -- Jeannette, mom of one

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5. “I love all the after-school programs and will miss them greatly when school ends. There’s literally something every day. People always say you shouldn’t over-program your kids, but my daughter and I both love all the activities the school offers – violin, dance, debate, gymnastics. Summer camp seems a bit dull in comparison.” -- Maureen, mom of one

6. “I’ll miss the volunteering. As a working mom, it’s a constant struggle to be involved in my kids’ lives and also work full time. For the past year, I’ve been volunteering every Friday (my work-from-home day) in my daughter’s art class. I cut out paper, arrange crayons, and make sure everyone is doing OK. Truth be told, I don’t help much -- I’m sure the teachers could easily get along without me -- but I absolutely love it. I get to see my daughter and her friends in their element and it just makes my week. I’m sad to see that come to an end.” -- Taneka, mom of two

7. “I’ll miss the bus. All three of my kids take the bus to and from school, and it frees me up to start my day earlier and end it later. Summer camp does not provide bus service, so I’ll go back to being a chauffeur and endure the whining, fighting, and bickering that goes along with it.” -- Adrien, mom of three


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8. “I’ll miss the interactions with the crossing guard. She knows my kids’ names, asks about their hobbies, and wishes them luck on test days. I feel like the crossing guard is part of our village, and we’ll be missing a key member when school ends.” -- Jeannie, mom of three

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9. “I’ll miss the discipline school brings. My kids have learned time management by not waiting until the last minute to do homework, suffering consequences when they see they can’t get As without studying, and working as a team when they do group projects. Summer is the slacker season.” -- Alyson, mom of four

10. “It sounds dorky, but I’ll miss the learning. My son started kindergarten not knowing his letters or numbers, and now, he not only mastered both, but he’s reading. He’s learned so much in such a short amount of time, I feel like he’s on a roll. I hope he doesn’t lose his enthusiasm and love for learning over the summer.” -- Lily, mom of two

11. “I’ll miss the exercise. My son’s school started a walk-to-school program this year, and it’s really gotten us all in shape. We walk both to and from school every day. In the summer, even though the weather is nice, we seem to be mostly in the car.” Jasminka, mom of three

What will you miss the most about the school year?

Judy Koutsky is the former Editorial Director of KIWI magazine, a green parenting publication. She was also Executive Editor of Parenting.com, AOL Parent and BabyTalk.com. Follow her on Twitter @JudyKoutsky.

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