{microblog} Summertime Magic is for Mommas Too

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Ten years ago, my badge of honor as a mom was proof that my kid was busy and happy, even if I was stressed and exhausted. My summertime plans were her plans because I thought that’s just what good mommas did. Bless my young momma’s heart.

Summer 2021 looks a lot different than summer 2011. Not only has our family grown, but so has my perspective on parenting. I let go of the idea that summertime fun only belongs to those who live in my home rent free. Of course, my children will have a memorable summer, but not at the expense of my sanity. My boundaries are clear and everyone is better because of it. Here’s a glimpse of what I have to look forward to this summer:

  • Sunday night dates with my husband. We’re checking off all the restaurants at Legacy West.
  • Get-togethers with friends, sans-children, for dinner or to enjoy an outdoor concert. My Podcast Club is hosting a June dinner party where we’ll dress in Zoom attire: business on top and lounge on the bottom. 
  • Staying true to my Orangetheory addiction and have mastered a 5K and 10K route in my neighborhood for days where momma just needs some space.
  • Reading books and listening to podcasts for fun. 
  • Watching the entire series of Friends, just because I want to.
  • Splurging on a Resort Pass when I want to escape to a pool and lounge without the noise and work of being around children. 

For the mommas who stress about summertime magic, I want you to know that there is no better magic than a happy momma. Your kids don’t need to be at all of the camps. They don’t need to attend every Vacation Bible School. They can miss storytime at the library. As you continue to schedule summertime plans for your children, don’t forget about yourself. Mommas deserve summertime magic too. 

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Kathy is a native Texan who has lived in Carrollton since she was 4. She holds a master's degree in counseling from SMU. After 13 years in public education, Kathy traded middle-school hallways for a small office in a private practice. She and her husband, Juan, are raising three children whose ages span from 21 to 4 years old. Following an autism diagnosis of their youngest son, Kathy has prioritized mental and physical health. Nothing prepares you for this news as a parent. Kathy credits her friends, family, faith, Trader Joe's, Orangetheory and the occasional weekend getaway for keeping her fulfilled and sane.

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