Summer Mom Fail

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How did it get to be August already?

Going into summer I had all sorts of scholastic plans for my girls to ensure their little brains would not turn to mush over the summer.

They were going to read at least 30 minutes every day.

I was going to print out worksheets from Teachers Pay Teachers for my going-into-1st-grader to do.

I put a summer incentive plan in place to reward good behavior, including reading.

You get the idea.

But this summer so far has gone down more like this.

Both girls have played so much Subway Surfer I am afraid they have killed brain cells.

I have every line of every Sofia the First memorized.

Neither one has been reading enough to make their teachers proud.

Not one worksheet has been completed.

Since we have a month to go, I still have time to make changes. However I have no energy to rectify any of the above.

The other night I told my husband, I am a total Summer Mom Fail.

Please tell me I am not alone.

But then again, on the other hand…

My six-year-old learned how to dive and compete on a swim team.

They both discovered the fun of stand up paddle boarding.

Both perfected the art of being able to applying their own sunscreen, and then how to each do the other’s backs. Really, truly. Life changing.

They learned how to do a successful potato sack race at their grandmother’s Swiss Festival.

Both girls (and I!) learned how to do the “Watch Me Whip, Watch Me Nae Nae” dance. 

They got bank accounts and went shopping for the first time taking their birthday money out with their own ATM card. And did the math on how much change they were supposed to get.

We discovered the joy of watching So You Think You Can Dance together as a family (with me editing of course) and learned about the different styles of dance.

An usual weekend of warm tropical rain taught them that summer rain is especially fun while jumping on the trampoline.

They learned how to fold a dollar bill into a heart for their cousin.

My oldest learned how to French braid my hair.

So on the other hand, maybe summer isn’t a complete mom fail.

I mean, everyone should know how to do the Nae Nae dance, right?!


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  1. 1
    Lisa says:

    Oh Jen. I can so relate right now. We also learned the nae nae dance. Learned how to catch fish. How to kayak around back bay. Did lots of swimming in Palm Springs. Hiked up to a 10,500 foot peak in Colorado. But does Stevie know her minus 8’s? Nope. Sarah hasn’t read a single word I don’t think. But man have we had fun!!!! Mom fail? I say nae nae.

    • 2
      jen says:

      The line, many have we had fun!!! Mom fail? I say nae nae. Made me laugh out loud. Thank you so much for that!!!

  2. 3

    Jen I am in the same boat. I think for my family personally they were burnt out from the school year wrapped up with the fact our district is starting school early. I am still tired from the run around that I have gotten distracted with all the fun that we I have slacked on the educational workbooks. We start August 25th…..

    • 4
      jen says:

      Don’t you think the kids work so hard during the school year they deserve a little break?! At least that is how I am rationalizing it…

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