Christmas break can be a fun and magical time for moms of school age kids -- for the first few days. Around day 4, things start to go downhill.
  1. I'm still in bed at 8:15. I have a couple reasons for staying in bed this late. Obviously, I don't have to get anyone ready for school, but the sad fact is that I'm trying to soak up every last bit of peace and quiet before venturing out into the frat house that was once my living room.
  2. I'm lunch weary. I'm also snack weary. I mean, is it really necessary to eat three meals every single day? The fact is, no matter what I make, I will have a 33% approval rating. One child will be thrilled, one will say, "We just had this," and the other will say, "Can I see what else is in the fridge?"
  3. I've resorted to parenting techniques you will never read in any parenting book. For instance, my 14 year old is struggling with insecurity. This is a big issue, and I do take it seriously. But I also belt out the chorus to Demi Lovato's "Confident" whenever I feel it's necessary. I predict he'll be cured by the end of the break.
  4. My 9 year old has decided he's never going back to school. He actually loves school, but halfway through every break he decides he loves being home more and he's not going back. He's tried sweet talking me by saying, "I'll just miss you too much." I have to admit, if anything was going to convince me to let him stay home, that would be it.
  5. I'm getting a little sappy. To be honest, I'm really going to miss them when they go back to school. My family is pretty great. The kids are old enough to play board games and watch funny movies, but not too old to hang out with their parents. I may not have many breaks like this left.
  6. I have to remind myself of #5 each evening at 8:30 p.m. when I collapse into bed from sheer emotional exhaustion.