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For the last seven years, I have been in the mode of entertaining my kids. I have spent my time creating activities, planning playdates and going to events. I enjoyed it and I thought I was doing it right. That's what moms are supposed to do, right?

I have had months now to practice and implement independent play with my younger child and it has been a hard adjustment for me. I try not to feel guilty about stepping back, but I fail. Now, my seven year old will be out of school soon and I am feeling some anxiety as to what he should do with himself all summer. I cannot send him in the yard for multiple reasons out of my control. So I'm wondering if I should drive him to the park every morning to burn his never-ending energy. I want to spend time making science experiments, playing board games, cooking lessons, building challenges, exercise and going to events (as in previous years). How many of these beneficial, but time intensive activities should I include in a week? Where should I draw the line? How do I handle all his energy? I'm having a hard time putting this in perspective. I'm wondering if they will be productive even if I step back and stop planning…

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