As summer is coming to an end, it’s time we put on (or take off) our big girl pants and deal with the end of summer Mom guilt.
At the beginning of summer, my hopes and dreams were big. They were filled with thoughts of heading to the beach, taking some time to travel while checking out a few cities we have yet to discover, sleeping in, roasting marshmallows. You know, all of the things that sorta just scream summer.
Well, somehow we fell short. As busy as we were, we seemed to only accomplish a few things listed on our summer bucket list. While preparing the girls for their big back-to-school debuts, it hit me. I started having some really hard-hitting Mom guilt about all of the activities we haven’t yet gotten to. I started to comb each week of my time with the kids and tried to put the pieces together of where all of the time went. And then it hit me!
We actually did a lot. Sure, we didn’t go somewhere new every single week, but we did visit the children’s museum together. As a family, we didn’t get a chance to build a sandcastle, but we did play many games of UNO way past our bedtimes and laughed until our bellies hurt. Though we didn’t get a chance to travel way across the country, we did pretend we were mermaids and played for hours in the pool. We also went creek stomping, had a cupcake decorating party, caught a few fish at a local pond and learned how to craft pottery from clay.
You are enough.
This is a message to all of you amazing Moms. Stop with the Mom guilt and believe that you gave your kids the very best of summers filled with wonderful memories. Because at the end of the day that’s what they will remember the most. It took a day by myself at the pool, an ice cold glass of Iced Tea and looking through my phone filled with pictures of our summer memories to realize it was a wonderful Summer after all.
I stock up on gallon sized bottles so that we never run out.
I suggest you do the same. If you have been feeling some type of way about summer coming to an end, grab yourself some Tradewinds Tea and a quiet place to reflect. You just might see things a little differently, just as I have.