Five Truths About Summer Parenting.

Five Truths About Summer Parenting

In Motherhood, Parentingby Jen23 Comments

During the summer months for what I believe is a large majority of us, there are some slight modifications which occur to our parenting style. Almost without our noticing. Until we finally do notice, and then we go, “oh yeah… it’s summer!” Today I am going to share a few of those truths that are quite evident in my family’s summer months in an effort to perhaps help you to feel like you are part of a larger parenting party and not flying solo on some of these things.

Aren't all families like this? Five summer parenting truths that might make you feel better about your own brood.

Bath Time Is Optional

In between all of the almost daily swimming and water play our family does it gets a little “murky” for me as I try to remember the last time my children actually bathed or washed their hair. Last night as I was brushing the wet snarls out of my daughter’s hair after a successful trampoline splash session I asked her when she had last washed her hair and she couldn’t remember either.  Wow that is some parenting there! I guess we will just shoot for doing it Saturday night so she doesn’t show up as the stinky kid to church on Sunday. Oh, and especially because of this reason…

That pool of life might be a little murker than you think. enjoy!

TV Viewing Gets A Little Lax

During the school year for our family TV is only viewed after homework is done for a short time before it’s time to hit the bath. Maybe this one would be better if I could remember when my children last bathed, but yesterday as I was sitting on the couch reading a book while my daughter watched My Little Pony I asked her how long she had been watching? Time gets a little iffy with that one since she can’t read clocks yet, but she answered and told me she had been watching for like a 100 hours. Um, maybe it is time for some water play….

I Come Prepared To The Library With Apologies

It is so hot in Southern Az that as parents we spend a lot of time planning out any and all activities centered around locations with AC. So when we have been watching My Little Pony for like 100 hours, sometimes I will switch off the TV and suggest we all head to the library. Sure we will spend 10 or 15 minutes of our  time there looking for books, but then my youngest child will just have to make a bus out of the little chairs and then she will have to invite other children to play in her bus and then there are whole loads of children riding that bus and making more noise than they probably should at a library.

This is why I come prepared with apologies when the librarian looks over at us, but silently I am thinking to myself it’s kind of like my child is providing a public service to loads of other hot and sweaty parents who just wanted to turn off Sophia the First before their child had watched for 100 hours straight.

Those Summer Nights

As parents we envision summer will be full of magical nights with our children where we sit out late catching fireflies or spend time lying on the trampoline counting the stars. The reality is that since my kids know it is summer they feel entitled to stay up later. And later. And later. Until I am left feeling like this when they all finally go to bed.

There Is Such A Thing As Too Much Togetherness

I have 4 kids. If I tried to keep them all busy with summer camps, we would be broke. And since I work from home or wherever there is WiFi we end up spending a lot of time together. And mostly my kids get along. Until they don’t, and when they don’t I am forced to get out caution tape and cordon of no crossing lines that they are no longer allowed to cross in order to give one other some space. It happens….

If this sounds like your summer, hang in there! You’ve got this, and remember to thank your child’s teacher when you send them back to school in the Fall!

Aren't all families like this? Five summer parenting truths that might make you feel better about your own brood.



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  1. Yep, I remember. The rules change when school’s out. I so remember. You’re a great mom though so you’ll do just fine.

    Have a fabulous day and summer, Jen. ♥
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  2. I love this, Jen! And can so relate. All parenting rules disappear for me in the summer. My son and I have spent an obscene amount of time on our laptops this week. I used to feel so guilty when we did that but I’m done with wasting my time with guilt. I make sure he’s fed (although not always the healthiest options) and gets 8+ hours of sleep a night. That’s the best I can do right now ;).
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  3. I was nodding along and smiling throughout this. So true! My son hasn’t had a shower in 2 days and is beginning to smell ripe. I might have to insist that he takes one tonight.

  4. Reall good. I’d also add our toddler insists we’re out the whole day during the summer. But that’s in the UK where you don’t need AC, ever. #keepitreal

  5. Hi Jen, I love this post. There will be two types of parents reading this. The type that will be looking shocked at such revelations, “what my child?!” and the others who know that’s just the way the holidays roll. The school summer holidays here are three months long and if something doesn’t give then it’s going to be your sanity. And aren’t the holidays time for making memories. Who needs to bath? And how fun is that photo taken after 100 hours of watching television non-stop going to look?… Hang in there Jen and all other parents facing the ‘holidays’. I feel your pain, but believe me when I say when you no longer have school-aged children, you’ll wonder where the years have gone, let alone the holidays!

    Thank you for popping over and linking up with #keepingitreal.

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      I know right?! My oldest turns 17 in a few months and I am like when did that happen? I guess the age span helps me keep it a little more in balance, so those who still want to and I will just continue to snuggle on the couch watching my Little Pony while we can and call it winning :)
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  6. I love that last meme – that’s how I feel about my oldest niece and nephew sometimes. They generally get along though; they are so close in age it’s almost like they are twins.

    And I love bringing the kids to the library! Don’t worry about the librarian – most public librarians realize that the library is no longer going to be a really quiet place. We don’t tend to mind. :)

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  7. Oh my word, I get it about the library. Our library even has computers with video games, big floor puzzles, comfy big chairs by the windows that you sink into and perhaps take a nap in…just, wow. If they had a snack bar we would never leave!
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      Haha. I love it! Mom, can I finally go to bed?! Priceless. Oh, and we have done that one too, and the ice cream for dinner as well.

      Happy summering!
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  8. Bath time is definitely optional, my two are always in our pool in the evenings, by the time they get out you can never be bothered to bath them….maybe I’m just lazy.

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