I’ve mentioned the kids’ physical ailments and DS8’s sensory issues before, but another side affect (or piece of the puzzle) is an intolerance of heat. DD12 handles it ok, but any heat sends DS8 into an awful mood. His sensory overload kicks in, and he is really just unable to express how uncomfortable he is. He turns bright red and has to sit in a cooled area for quite a while before becoming his charming self again. It doesn’t have to be really hot, either. High 70s to low 80s is his upper tolerance.
For this reason, we school and have therapy through the summer. As the temperatures start to get cooler in the Fall, we start thinking about vacation. I know your first thought is, “Here comes a plug for Disneyland.” Yes, we are going to Disneyland when the weather gets cooler, but that is mainly because we have an annual pass this year, and we might as well use it. The kids love Disneyland, and it is a good fit for them because it is easy for them to take frequent breaks in the air conditioning.
As Dawn said, it is not just about travel. It is about recharging and connecting. Whether we are connecting with other adults or reconnecting as a family, vacation is important for us, as mothers. We need that time to realize that we are more than chief cook, house cleaner, and teacher. We are moms, first and foremost.
So, what does my ideal vacation look like? It starts off with my not having to cook (unless I am camping). From there, it looks a little like this…
I hope that you and your family had a wonderful vacation this summer. If not, I hope that you will take Dawn’s suggestion to declare a week vacation before starting back to school. As homeschooling moms, we need the rest, recharge, and reconnect before the school year. Rest, recharge, and reconnect are the 3 Rs of homeschooling moms. We must have these to make it through.