18 Summers. That’s all you have with your child. If you’re lucky. The first doesn’t really count because they are so small they can’t really participate in anything. Then there are the teen years where they want to spend all, or most of their time, with their friends. Age 18 and their adults – off to explore the world on their own.
So 18 summers. That’s the absolute most we can have with our children that we have any kind of input into.
The moral is, don’t put off those vacations, those fun times. Join the pool, take them camping, spend as much time with your children as possible during the summer months. Many parents “wish” this time away. But one day you’ll look back and wish you had more time. One day you’ll want to take them to DisneyWorld, and it will be too late. They’ve moved on.
It’s not 18 years that you have – it’s 18 summers. It goes by so swiftly and there’s so much to cram in.
Summers are made for fun, friends and family togetherness! Take advantage of it. Spend time with your children instead of filling every hour with summer camp, Enjoy them while you can. Because 18 summers go by very quickly.
Angela Di Cicco
Mother of 3, Grandmother of 2