How Moms Really Feel When Summer Is Over

Summer is over. Maybe not officially over, but at our house, it feels like summer has come to an end since school started this week.

I have mixed feelings about the summer coming to an end.

The good mom inside me feels sad that the endless, sunny days with my kids have come to an end until next summer. We had several fun adventures throughout the summer. We vacationed at a lake, an amusement park and family farm, and also took many day trips. We had beach fun, swimming at our town pool, visiting aquariums, museums, and playgrounds. Each adventure, big or small, included wonderful moments full of memories for years to come. I truly wish I could freeze those moments in time. I am aware of how quickly the time while my kids are young, is slipping away, and I am trying hard to hang onto these days.

On the other hand, I feel… dare I say? A sense of relief. Yes, there, I said it. Relief. A giant sigh may have escaped my lips when the kids drove away on the bus on their first day of school. I may have even said “PHEW, we made it” out-loud.

I am sure I am not the only mom feeling this way when summer ends. Because in-between each memorable, special moment, are another hundred moments of all the other crap! The endless bickering between the kids, the sassy-talking, the disagreements over what we were doing that day, the late nights with the kids awake, oh… and the numerous comments I really didn’t need to hear (while I was trying my best to have a fun summer)…

~ “I’m so BORED”

~ “No, I am NOT going to the pool today” (I know, it’s a tough life when the pool is a bad option of things to do!)

~ “This amusement park is the worst place ever… EVER… EVER!” (said after tickets costing $69 each had just been purchased).

~ “You’re a poopy-head”, “No you’re a poopy-head”, “No, I’m not, you are definitely a poopy-head”. (And me yelling a sentence I never thought I’d say, “THE NEXT PERSON TO SAY POOPY-HEAD GETS PUNISHED!”)


Add all of that to a mom who works-from-home, and is trying to juggle her work while her kids are home all summer, plus the mom has a painful foot injury… It equals an end of summer “YIPPEE”.

This perpetually exhausted, sibling-squabbling referee isn’t apologizing for feeling that way either. I love my kids dearly, but too much togetherness is never a good thing. And that goes for every relationship. Time apart is invaluable. Each summer, I am reminded of that again!

So on the first day of school this year, I admit I was a little teary-eyed watching the bus pull away, feeling sad our endless days have come to an end for the year. I was thinking about all the fun we had and wishing it wasn’t over.

But… I will also admit that I might have done a very small, tiny, yet very fun… HAPPY DANCE!


Any moms or dads out there feel like I do? I’d love to hear your end of the summer stories. Do you say “PHEW”, or are you sad it’s over?





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  • Reply Cindy Calzone August 28, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    I liked this article…felt like i could have written it myself lol

    • Reply August 29, 2015 at 10:03 am

      Glad to hear I’m not alone!!

  • Reply Claire Jones August 29, 2015 at 4:00 am

    I’m a stay at home mum to my 19 month old son, so I haven’t had the experience of the summer holidays yet. I’m sure it will be here quicker than we know it though!

    Being with my son 24/7 is really enjoyable, allbeit a bit stressful at times, and when the grandparents have him for a morning/ afternoon for me to have a break I do also get that sense of relief. Everyone needs a little break now and then and it wouldn’t be normal to not feel like that. It sounds like you had lots of fun over the summer, but when the kids go back to school, pop your feet up, relax and indulge in the silence for an hour. 🙂 #binkylinky

    • Reply August 29, 2015 at 10:08 am

      Thanks for visiting! I am definitely going to relax a bit!!!

  • Reply Twinmumanddad (@Twinmumanddad) August 29, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Love the fantasy vs reality picture at the end of your post! Can definitely relate to it! My girls (twins) are three and a half are starting nursery part-time next month and I’m dreading it! I’m sad that I won’t be able to spend all day with them and it just feels odd. I think it’ll take a bit of getting used to! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

  • Reply Nige higgins August 30, 2015 at 4:39 am

    Great post love the cartoon thanks for linking to the binkylinky

    • Reply August 30, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Mind Mood Mommy (Laura) August 30, 2015 at 8:18 am

    I can relate to this. Living in the UK and in a flat (apartment) with no garden, keeping my little ones can be a nightmare. I feel torn between wanting to cherish their little moments because they’ll be gone before I know it, and absolute joy at the start of term happening soon! #BinkyLinky

    • Reply August 30, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Yep, that’s how I feel too! Thanks for visiting!

  • Reply Mommy A to Z September 11, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Totally relate! I work from home too, so I get how hard it is in the summer. I miss the kids now that they’re in school, but I’m definitely more productive! Thanks for linking up at the Manic Mondays blog hop!

    • Reply September 12, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      I couldn’t wait for school to start and the minute the bus pulled away, I missed them! But you’re right – I am getting much more work done again!

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