To keep my little man entertained for the summer, we enrolled him at summer camp. There are a lot of establishments offering summer camp programs here in Dubai you just have to choose the program that your kid likes. For us it was really a no brainer, we have boys so it had to be something with sports. E-Sports Holiday camp was perfect for Adrian, since he has not shown any inclination to any specific sport yet E-Sport’s summer camp have different sport activity everyday for the kids to play. One day they could be swimming, then tennis the next and basketball etc etc.
They have many venues here in Dubai and the closest one to our house is in Winchester School. They only have the program for the month of July at Winchester and so we enrolled Adrian during the last two weeks of July. If I had my way, I would’ve applied Adrian from the first week on immediately after school ended but Arnie wanted Adrian to rest a bit from school, after all it is HIS summer vacation.
From the beginning Adrian has resisted going to summer camp every morning but in the afternoon when I pick him up he is his usual smiley self. I was getting worried because he might be being bullied by the bigger boys at camp but since they separate the groups by ages I hope that is not the case.
At the back of my head I am always wondering and a bit worried why he always cries in the morning, it’s so out of his character because he loves going to school. But every time Arnie drops him off at camp there’s always a big drama fest one time Arnie said 3 coaches had to carry him inside the gym because he was kicking and screaming.
Then this morning as we were getting ready he said
“Mommy, I don’t want to go to camp, want to stay with mommy!”
I think my heart broke in a million pieces when I heard him say these words. But kids are smart you know, they know how to pull on your heartstrings, it may be because he can watch Disney channel all day or play with his iPhone when he is home but in my mind my son wants to spend time with me (delusional but a mom can dream right?). And so,I made the decision that instead of enrolling him in the same program in another school for August maybe I’ll just keep my Adrian close to me for a while. Soon enough there will be summers where he would rather go out with friends than spend it with me so I’m going to cherish these moments for now.
sum·mer (ˈsʌm ər) : a stay at home mom’s busiest time of the year.
This is my first summer as a “school mom” and if I may be really honest – I miss school! I love having Adrian around ALL DAY but really this wish is more for him. He’s so used to being in school where they have different activities within the day that he gets so bored staying at home. Constantly asking me “what’s next mommy?” “what to do next?” “where to go?” At first I was very accomodating to this special need of his, we would pretend we’d go to the library (our bedroom), then to the play area (living room), then we’d have eating time..etc etc but there’s only so much you can do in a one bedroom flat can you? Plus, I have a one year old to take care of who also has some special needs of his own. So between the two and a pile of household chores, I rest my case.
To satisfy this “need to play” of Adrian’s I would take him to different play areas around. I try to limit this as much as I can because even with my buy one take one voucher from The Entertainer, the costs can add up. Yesterday, I brought him to ikea so he can play at småland (for free) but he was so dissapointed that the play area didn’t have a big slide, he had them call me to pick him up before the one hour allowance (boo!).
Next week he starts summer camp with E-Sports and with their 9:00-1:00 schedule it’s like he’s attending school. Arnie thinks it’s too tedious for a four year old to have such a schedule for his summer vacation. But I’d rather he be active with other kids his age than stay home stuck with his iPad all day.
As a child I remember summer as a reason to sleep in and do nothing, but as I look back I could’ve done something with those 2 months, maybe learn to play an instrument or be more active in a sport. When Adrian grows up to be a successful football player or a famous pianist, I hope he looks back on all the summers I made him go to summer camp. And thank me for all his success, a mother can dream right?