I have a confession to make. I’m not really doing anything to prevent “summer learning loss” this summer. Shhh. I know, I’m a bad mom. This summer has been all about, well about nothing. I work from home and generally do that during the first part of the day. The kids play in the backyard, build forts or read or watch Phineas and Ferb. Then when the neighborhood pool opens in the afternoon we walk over and hang out with our friends. I may or may not work a little from my iPhone while we’re there.

The evenings are spent eating leisurely dinners, maybe an evening walk and then bed. The next day we do it over again. Add the occasional errand or walk to the park and of course weekend camping and beach trips to the mix and you have our summer in a nutshell.

Are my kids reading? Sure, for fun. Not because I’m making them. Do I feel bad I’m not making them practice their writing, math or other school subjects? Well sure. But honestly, I just don’t have the energy to force them. They’re on summer break, they don’t want to do school work. I don’t blame them and frankly who am I to say no? I didn’t do school work when I was their age during the summer. I read, sure. I played cards and hung out at the pool. I slept in and watched TV.

Once you get older you never ever get to do that again. Not guilt free at least.

So while I am by no means suggesting you that you shouldn’t do something to prevent summer learning loss for your kids, I am saying that maybe you shouldn’t beat yourself up if you’re not boosting your kids IQ’s on a regular basis this summer vacation. Spend time with them, play with them and get out in the sun.

Childhood is fleeting. Childhood summers even more so. I’ve decided letting them enjoy it while they can is more important than practicing our multiplication tables every day. Are you doing anything to prevent summer learning loss this summer or have you simply given in to the laziness of summer?

“Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.” ― George R.R. Martin