Supermom and the Half Day Dilemma

Supermom and the Half Day Dilemma

Half days. As a kid, they rule. As an adult, they can be tough to juggle with a busy schedule. My kids attend a charter school that has half days every Friday. Every. Single. Friday. Rather than try to fight it and deal with a house full of wound up, bored children, I work it for all I’ve got.

I plan a special day every Friday. My kids look forward to it all week because where we go is almost always a surprise. Sometimes I find a park in a nearby city that we’ve never tried. Sometimes we head to the zoo; we squeeze every bit of value out of that annual membership. Even the one Friday when everyone was under the weather, we stopped by Sonic for ice cream in the drive-thru and then headed home for fresh nail polish and a movie.

On a recent “Half Day Friday”, this Supermom took everyone to the Arizona Museum of Natural History. I initially planned this because I have a dinosaur nut living in my house but it was fun for everyone and truly one of the best museums I have ever been to. From the three-story indoor waterfall, to panning for gold in the enclosed patio to the multitude of dinosaur skeletons and fossils, it was awesome. There were even tubs containing pieces of giant floor puzzles so the kids (and parents) could take a break and play for a few minutes before continuing on their adventure of discovery.

And, yes. I got the all-important, “You are the best mom every” … bonus!