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 a Lead Instructor for Darkness to Light, a child sexual abuse prevention organization and serves as a College and Career Advisor for Students Rising Above. 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 a 17-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son. Self-care includes pedicures, reading, cooking, crafting, and just being with her family. She also serves on the Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee for the Dublin School District and on the Advisory Council for the Transformative Leadership in Disruptive Times Certificate Program at Cal State East Bay.


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