What I Didn’t Do on My Summer Vacation


woman lounging at beach reading a book

Every year, when the kids go back to school, teachers have them draw, write and discuss what they did on their summer vacations. Since no one seems too interested in asking the mommas how their summer went, I thought I would bring up the topic here. But as I worked on my own list, it was more a list of what I didn’t do on my summer vacation.

  • I didn’t pack a single lunch.
  • I didn’t check to make sure that homework got done.
  • I didn’t make sure my kids went to bed by a certain time (they had more of a range).
  • I didn’t insist that they got up at a certain time in the morning.
  • I didn’t get out clothes for them the night before.
  • I didn’t have to fight the parent drop off/pick up lines.
  • I didn’t have to spend the evenings at school functions.
  • I didn’t insist that my kids do summer bridge classwork to stay at grade level.
  • I didn’t cram events and activities every waking moment.
  • I didn’t put on a bathing suit! 

What did, or didn’t, you do on your summer vacation?


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Tracy is the Director of Programming and Partnerships for Darkness to Light, a child sexual abuse prevention organization. She grew up in northeast Ohio, and has lived in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Arizona, and Northern Virginia and has worked in the arts, in education, in non-profits and in ed tech. Her husband's job brought them to the Bay Area and there's no looking back! Tracy is mom to two trans teens who are just beginning their journey. Self-care includes pedicures, reading, cooking, crafting, and just being with her family. She also serves as Chair of the Board for the Attachment and Trauma Network, a national non-profit.


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