Summer Themes

Every summer, I pick a theme for my kids. My kids are horrified by each and every theme. Usually because they think (correctly) that the theme indicates a perceived gap in their development, according to me. They are insulted that I insist that they devote the entire summer to focusing on fixing their deficiencies.

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It started with the sugar challenge/salad challenge. My child with a sweet tooth had to go off goodies for the summer and my child who normally only ate white carbs had to eat at least one salad per day. That was brutal.

Then came the summer of responsibility. This involved learning to cook and learning to drive. Where we live, kids get their drivers licenses when they are 14.5 years old, so this was important. And everyone should know how to cook.

Next came the summer of tennis. That was fun.

There were a couple of summers of ACT prep. Nerds rule! #tigermom 🐯

After both kids had been accepted to college, we had the summer of Montana history. This was my first big failure. They literally learned nothing about Montana history.

I must say that all of my themes have been a success, except the summer of Montana history. Both kids had already been admitted to the college of their choice, so I had no leverage. I had visions of us taking family car trips to ghost towns and national parks, singing the state song and happily quizzing each other on state trivia. Who was Jeannette Rankin? Who was Mike Mansfield? None of this came to fruition. The kids went on strike and flatly refused to participate.

Oh well. No worries! Upward and onward. Welcome to the summer of self care! We are eating kale, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to do the same. If you do it, let me know how it goes! Also, I hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July! 🇺🇸

Warmly,

Empty Nest Obsessed 🐾

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