No. Now it's all about schedules and homework and alarm clocks and packing lunches (I guess I'm still putting food in a cooler after all. Darn it.). In reality, I know kids need the structure, the ability to rely on certain things happening on certain days and knowing what to expect next and how to prepare for activities in life. The "experts" say that structure makes a child feel safer too. Admittedly, I like a schedule and a routine myself. I'm not that spontaneous. But I do enjoy the freedom to call the shots in the summer.
I'm just glad that I will now be able to get a few things done around the house. It seems that no matter what I would set out to do all summer long, there would always be an interruption of someone needing something, someone doing someone wrong, or someone was BORED! There were days I got nothing accomplished - or so it seemed. My mother warns me that someday my house will be very, very quiet. I know. I know. But at least I will be able to use the bathroom in peace!