And for us, yes it is. I was dithering about whether to harmonize with the “school year” or just keep trying to do a bit of math, a bit of history, etc., on an ongoing basis, but the husband and Pseudonymous Kid both advocated for a proper break. So PK has been allowed to determine his own whacked-out sleep schedule, which means staying up til dawn and then sleeping til 3 or 5 pm, with a once-weekly 36-hour wake session, and I am no longer bothering to try to get him to do things other than be on his laptop while he is awake. Occasionally I will prod him to clean the kitchen or eat a meal or get up and move around a bit, but for the most part he is left to his own devices.
In a way this is awesome: I am freed up to actually just go out and do things by myself now, without having to wait for him to get up or cajole him into thinking it’ll be fun to go with me. I’ve taken on a long-term editing project which is being quite fun, I’ve started reading books (!) again, I’m puttering in the garden and sort of enjoying letting PK have his space, which means that the energy I’ve been putting towards him can be redirected (or just allowed to gradually decline a bit while I relax a little).
On the down side, I’m finding it incredibly hard not to worry about how much damn time he spends on the couch (hypocrite that I am), and I confess I am hoping that after a few weeks of this he will get bored and start self-regulating a bit better. By which I mean occasionally wanting to actually, you know, leave the house.
If not, though, we have a two-week vacation planned that will involve a long road trip through the American south, so at least for that time he’ll be sitting in the car rather than on the sofa. For part of the time we’ll be in New Orleans, which he is very excited about: as a junior foodie, he knows that New Orleans is a great food town, and in fact he did his fourth-grade school “state report” on Louisiana so that he could focus on food. So that part should be enjoyable, and I have other things planned at various stops along the way.
In contrast, however, my long-time internet and real-life friend Elise Robinson has planned an amazing “summer camp at home” for her two girls, who are on either side of kindergarten. I highly recommend checking out her blog over the summer for creative (if slightly intimidating!) ideas for What To Do With the Kids.