It’s not the sleepless nights, whether that’s because you have a teenager out with his friends or a newborn who only sleeps 2 hours at a time.
It’s not the worrying. Will my child’s best friend be kind to her today? Will my son make the baseball team?
No, motherhood is hard because of summer vacation.
Take last Thursday for example. My 9-year-old was at a computer camp for the morning (more on that next week!) and it was just me and the 5-year-old at home. I decided to put on my “good mom” hat and do crafts with my daughter.
See, I could be a good mom!
First, we blew up Ivory soap in the microwave. All the good mom blogs had been posting about that this summer and it looked easy enough.
Blowing up soap took about 5 minutes.
Next, we created rock collages with homemade dough made from salt, flour, and water. We kneaded the dough, patted it into circles, and pressed Sydney’s rock collection into it. That took about 15 minutes, plus we had to leave them in the oven on low for 2 hours.
Finally, Sydney went rogue and created her own craft idea. She rolled the small balloons we had in the house in the flour left over from the rock collage project. This lasted about 5 minutes.
We started our craft-a-palooza at 8:30 am.
It was 9:10 am when we finished.
And I had a giant mess to clean up, no more “good mom” ideas left in my brain, and a whole day in front of me.
“What’s next?” asked Sydney.
And THAT’S why motherhood is hard!