Freedom is relative. I will be grateful not to have to wake up at 6:00am to get kids off to school. But summer marks the beginning of busier days for me. Not only do I have the garden to maintain and the camping to plan, but I have to manage my kids' lives so they have a satisfactory summer (in my opinion).
I have to tell them when to get up, when to do chores, when to go to bed. I could let them just make it happen naturally, but I have to do it to keep my own sanity. I can't stand it when they are up every night until their father leaves for work at 4:30am, and they sleep until dinner. I figure they should be useful during their "freedom." That's why we have children in the first place right?
Every summer I'm determined things will change and I will crack the whip and get them into a summer routine. But then I end up sleeping in, because I don't want to wake up to an alarm clock and things start to slide.
I already feel guilty about letting my summer routine slide and it's not even started yet. I obviously do not take a break from mom guilt.
Really, freedom is relative.