It’s about the halfway point of summer vacation here in CT.
But if you are anything like me, you are way more than halfway to your breaking point, and you are starting to count down the days until school begins.
You don’t really want summer to be over. Not the good parts of it. But boy do those bad parts — the challenging parts, the exhausting and draining parts — make you look forward to September.
And when your kids are starting to make you wonder if you have failed miserably at this whole parenting thing, I want to assure you that you are not.
You are not alone in your struggles. And I thought maybe you’d like a couple of reminders.
Just in case you thought you were the only one…
Your kids are not the only kids who commence fighting within twelve seconds of waking up in the morning.
Your kids are not the only kids who are constantly bored.
On the flip side, your kids are not the only ones who refuse to do any of the things you suggest to help them be “unbored.”
Your kids are not the only kids who are not just annoyed but completely driven into a rage due to their siblings simply looking at them.
Your kids are not the only kids who complain about not having anything to do while they are simultaneously telling you they are too tired to clean up their rooms or help out around the house.
And you are not the only mom whose day at the beach has been completely ruined because your kid got a speck of sunscreen in her eye.
You are not the only mom who hasn’t cooked an actual meal since the last day of school.
You are not the only mom whose kids have only taken “pool baths” in a week. Or month.
You are not the only mom who is not sure when the last time her kids brushed their teeth was.
You are not the only mom who may have to just give her daughter a really cute bob the week before school starts because you have not seen a hairbrush since June.
You are not the only mom who has let your kids beat the crap out of each other for a minute (or five) longer than usual because you are just too damn tired to deal with it.
You are not the only mom whose kids appear to get along really well in public but then when they get home are complete and total douches to each other.
You are not the only mom whose kids still have all their papers from the last week of school in their backpacks.
You are not the only mom who will throw away a lunch box the day before the first day of school because you never emptied it out and it is now a serious science experiment.
You are not the only mom who is boycotting the summer reading log.
You are not the only mom who doesn’t really give a flying fuck about the summer slide.
You are not the only mom who is already looking forward to the first day of school, but who will cry like a baby when her five-year-old climbs on the bus for the first day of kindergarten and wishes she had just one more day of summer.
And you are not the only mom who is wondering if she is the only mom thinking, feeling, and experiencing all of these things.