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We’re well into July now and if the parental guilt hasn’t hit yet, it probably will soon. You know the feeling - it’s a beautiful, sunny day and your kids want to hit the park. You do, too, but there are so many emails sitting in your inbox, a meeting to get to, documents to prepare...can they just play in the backyard for now, so you can get a little work done at the kitchen table? Or maybe you left the house early this morning to get to the office, leaving your kids with your partner or a babysitter, and you’re feeling guilty about missing those summer days at home. Being a working parent is hard, but it can feel extra challenging in the summer!

Stay-at-home parents don’t have it any easier, though. They may have endless hours of time with their children, but there are still plenty of responsibilities keeping us from being the “fun parent” every minute of the day. We’ve all been there - the kids want to go bowling but you’ve got laundry to do and groceries to buy. You hit the splash pad twice last week but your kids have watched movies for the past two days. You had plans to hit every ice cream spot in town over the summer but some days, you drag your kids along on boring errands because it’s the only way to get things done.

Guess what, guys? This doesn’t make you a bad mom or dad. It makes you a totally normal parents.

We dream of perfect, fun-filled summers for our children and reflect on the sentiment that you only get 18 summers together before they’re grown up. This comes from a good place - we want the best for our kids - but we need to give ourselves a break.

Not every moment of your child’s summer needs to be magical. You just have to find magical moments as often as you can - and forget about the guilt. Trust us, it will make EVERYONE happier!

Kids remember those fun afternoons at the splash pad more than they remember being dragged to Home Depot on a summer afternoon. They remember the fun you had at the park, but you aren’t ruining their summer by throwing on the TV sometimes so you can get some things done for work or around the house. Kids remember being cuddled, loved and read to at bedtime, and they forget the times they threw a tantrum because they wanted to stay up later. The person remembering the non-fun times is you, the parent, because you feel guilty - but why live this way?

As much as possible, be present and connect with your kids - but don’t feel bad about hiring a babysitter or having a job. That’s a part of life and truly, it’s not realistic to place different expectations on yourself. When you sit and read stories to your kids at night, savour every moment. Ask them about their day and take the time to laugh and snuggle up together. Make weekends your family fun time and know that if your kids are with a babysitter or at camp during the week, they’re probably having a blast. Focus on the time you DO get to spend with your kids instead of the time you don’t. Let your summer be about the quality of your time as a family instead of the quantity, and you’ll still get to experience that summer magic.

Bedtime stories are a great way to connect with your kids each and every night, no matter how chaotic the day has been. If you’re looking for some new titles, remember - we’ve got plenty to choose from! Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful, guilt-free summer.

We’re well into July now and if the parental guilt hasn’t hit yet, it probably will soon. You know the feeling - it’s a beautiful, sunny day and your kids want to hit the park. You do, too, but there are so many emails sitting in your inbox, a meeting to get to, documents to prepare...can they just play in the backyard for now, so you can get a little work done at the kitchen table? Or maybe you left the house early this morning to get to the office, leaving your kids with your partner or a babysitter, and you’re feeling guilty about missing those summer days at home. Being a working parent is hard, but it can feel extra challenging in the summer!

Stay-at-home parents don’t have it any easier, though. They may have endless hours of time with their children, but there are still plenty of responsibilities keeping us from being the “fun parent” every minute of the day. We’ve all been there - the kids want to go bowling but you’ve got laundry to do and groceries to buy. You hit the splash pad twice last week but your kids have watched movies for the past two days. You had plans to hit every ice cream spot in town over the summer but some days, you drag your kids along on boring errands because it’s the only way to get things done.

Guess what, guys? This doesn’t make you a bad mom or dad. It makes you a totally normal parents.

We dream of perfect, fun-filled summers for our children and reflect on the sentiment that you only get 18 summers together before they’re grown up. This comes from a good place - we want the best for our kids - but we need to give ourselves a break.

Not every moment of your child’s summer needs to be magical. You just have to find magical moments as often as you can - and forget about the guilt. Trust us, it will make EVERYONE happier!

Kids remember those fun afternoons at the splash pad more than they remember being dragged to Home Depot on a summer afternoon. They remember the fun you had at the park, but you aren’t ruining their summer by throwing on the TV sometimes so you can get some things done for work or around the house. Kids remember being cuddled, loved and read to at bedtime, and they forget the times they threw a tantrum because they wanted to stay up later. The person remembering the non-fun times is you, the parent, because you feel guilty - but why live this way?

As much as possible, be present and connect with your kids - but don’t feel bad about hiring a babysitter or having a job. That’s a part of life and truly, it’s not realistic to place different expectations on yourself. When you sit and read stories to your kids at night, savour every moment. Ask them about their day and take the time to laugh and snuggle up together. Make weekends your family fun time and know that if your kids are with a babysitter or at camp during the week, they’re probably having a blast. Focus on the time you DO get to spend with your kids instead of the time you don’t. Let your summer be about the quality of your time as a family instead of the quantity, and you’ll still get to experience that summer magic.

Bedtime stories are a great way to connect with your kids each and every night, no matter how chaotic the day has been. If you’re looking for some new titles, remember - we’ve got plenty to choose from! Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful, guilt-free summer.