A whole summer lies in front of my family and me.
I only have so many summers with my kids before summer jobs, friends, and other opportunities or responsibilities become a more fun or needed option for them. The notion that our time is limited is true and is a fear-based tool of sorts to help me make the most of this fleeting season. At the same time, it can create tremendous guilt when there aren’t super fun plans everyday or when I’m not spending 24/7 with them (#workingmom).
I consider myself a realistic and balanced mom, and I work hard on my mental state to be so. That doesn’t prevent the guilt I feel as I scroll social media to see my connections’ summer highlights or hear of how friends have mapped out all of their kids’ schedules with fun activities and are attending all of them. When that guilt surfaces, I have to remind myself that I will never be there for every single little thing for my kids, that I am doing the best that I can and that my kids will be okay at the end of the day.
Parents aren’t meant to be physically present in everything. I think we are meant to be omnipresent though. Omnipresent through the values we teach, the community we build and through the connection we build with our kids.
Yes, a whole summer lies ahead of us. I hope my kids have the very best one yet in all the ways they experience it.
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