I’m as inclined to faux nostalgia as the next mom trying to give her kids the perfect childhood summer experience. It’s so tempting to make a shiny, happy summer bucket list. But let’s be real, as much as we all look forward to summer, sometimes it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. So don’t worry if you can’t “enjoy every
Last week a fellow mom and I were sitting on the grass at the park watching the kids wreck havoc on the paths with their scooters and discussing summer plans. Neither of us had signed our kids up for a bunch of camp activities. At that moment my son came up and whined, “I’m bored. Let’s go home.”* I suddenly envisioned 3 months worth of listening to the “I’m bored”s and my friend and I shared an eye roll. I simply cannot plan a summer’s worth of activities just so my kids do not get bored.
If you feel overwhelmed by all the “super-fun” ideas on the currently circulating summer bucket list ideas all over the web, sit back and enjoy the experiences on my summer bucket list. These are the only things I can guarantee you I will actually accomplish. How do I know this? Well, because all of these things have happened to me. Every. Single. Summer.
THE REAL SUMMER BUCKET LIST
Get caught in a thunderstorm without an umbrella. At least 3 times.
Get ice cream on a hot day and realize you don’t have any napkins/wipes/towels. Wipe your kids’ hands on your own shirt.
Carry the stroller and/or screaming child up and down 10,000 subway stairs.
Plan several trips to local museums to ensure “summer learning” but bail at the last minute because it is too hot to carry the stroller/screaming child up and down 10,000 subway stairs.
Unplug the air conditioner on a 100 degree day because your youngest kid can not stop playing with the dial. Sweat.
Get 1,000 mosquito bites because you have an irrational fear of DEET.
Spend 1 hour getting to the public pool only to realize you’ve forgotten the towels/sunscreen/your own bathing suits.
Listen to your older child scream he can’t play [insert outdoor game here] because his younger brother “can’t do it right.”
Take an hour joy ride on the subway because you can not think of anything else to do and your children are “bored”.
Aren’t the lazy days of summer over, yet?
Oh, that’s right. They are just beginning.
What’s on you REAL summer bucket list?
* For the record, I did not take him home.
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