I love, love, LOVE summer. We do minimal homeschool, so I get a break from lesson planning and teaching. It’s a chance for us to kick back a little from our hectic pace, and an opportunity for me to regroup and recharge for the next school year. I like it because I’m not “the teacher” for a bit. I can just be present and focused on having fun with them.

I know this isn’t the case with some parents. I’ve actually heard mothers say things like “I don’t know what I’m going to do with these kids all summer!” and “I can’t WAIT until school starts – they are driving me nuts.”

It really makes me sad when I hear that. Now, don’t get me wrong. There are days when the last nerve I have is being relentlessly trampled on. (I firmly believe Madden could make noise with a cotton ball and a piece of string!)

No, my daughters aren’t perfect. But neither am I.

A friend recently shared a story that has really stuck with me. A friend of hers had gone to a mother/daughter camp with her oldest. During the camp, they played a game similar to the “Newlywed Game” where the mothers had to answer questions about their daughters. Our friend was shocked at how few answers most of the mothers got right.

I’ve often wondered how many answers I would have guessed correctly. Because of that, I’ve decided to make this summer I’m going try and learn something new about my kids every day.

They’re already suspicious. Peyton asked me yesterday: “Why are you asking us all these questions?” Guess I should be a little more covert. It appears I’m too out of practice to make bonding with them a seamless event. Looks like this momma has some work to do!