Angela Amman

How Kids Changed My Summer Don’ts

1. Don’t wear shorts.

 Skirts and sundresses have been my summer staples for years, until this year. Chasing two kids around and over play structures made me break one of my cardinal rules. There’s a pair of shorts in my summer rotation this year. Eeek.

2. Don’t leave the house without putting on sunscreen.

Now I make sure everyone is wearing sunscreen, then put more sunscreen in my bag, plus keep a back-up in the car, and try to figure out a way to keep a hat on Dylan’s head that doesn’t involve some sort of adhesive. I’ve had my share of sunburns, and I’m doing my best to make sure my kids don’t have to deal with that.

3. Don’t skimp on the ice cream.

Instilling healthy eating habits in kids who throw any vegetable I try to sneak on their plates directly onto the floor is tough enough without introducing a sugar addiction in the form of creamy, delicious ice cream. Moderation is key here.

4. Don’t turn down the volume on your favorite summer tunes.

It’s easier to say that when your summer jams aren’t the same four songs from the Glee Soundtrack that your three-year old insists on listening to every time you’re in the car. Even Dylan is starting to sing along. Without words.

5. Don’t complain about the weather.

I dislike cold so much that it seems ridiculous to ever complain about the heat, but I’m not going to feel as fondly about those refreshing summer rain showers as I have in the past. I’m counting on lots of park and zoo days this year!

6. Don’t wear Birkenstocks or Crocs unless you’re gardening.

I still won’t be sporting those particular styles of sandal, but I might invest in a pair of cute, yet comfortable flat sandals that aren’t flip flops. My wedges are cute, but they aren’t built for speed, and I’m going to need all the speed I can muster to keep Dylan out of danger this year.

7. Don’t sleep in a tent while there’s a hotel in the vicinity.

I am breaking my camping boycott for the first time in years to take Abbey and Dylan on a one-night camping adventure with their friends Connor and Madison. I hear you can rent tents from REI. I wonder if they’ll just let us camp in the store and call it a day?

8. Don’t let your bra straps show.

I still think this is an important don’t. However, post-nursing, I can’t justify a strapless bra just on the off chance that a tank top strap might slip a little one way or the other.

9. Don’t get dehydrated.

Water’s still key to staying safe in the summer heat, but I’m adding snacks, a diaper, and extra wipes as mainstays in my purse. And a change of clothes stashed in the back of my car.

10. Don’t wear white before Memorial Day.

Hello? I have a three-year old and a one-year old. I can’t wear white EVER.

This post was prompted by Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop.
In no way am I qualified to tell you what to do or not do this summer, so enjoy yourself any way you see fit.
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Kir May 26, 2011, 3:47 am

What a great list…I have lots of wedges but I too bought a pair of flat (OMG) sandals for this summer too. I hate myself already. (LOL) I can't wait to see what this summer has in store for my family and yours! It's going to be hot and hectic!!!!!! YIPPEE!!!!

Heidi May 26, 2011, 4:51 am

Great list! I am with you on the bra straps, but I am nursing, so I feel like something is always showing! 🙂 stopping by from Mama Kat's.
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Jacki May 26, 2011, 6:02 am

We are doing the same three or four songs from Glee as well.  Actually we were just doing Billionair from vol 4 until I couldn't take it anymore and went out and got vol 5 and the Warblers edition.  Now we have a few more to choose from.

Here from Mama Kat's.

Grumpy Grateful Mom May 26, 2011, 6:13 am

Loved the list.  I also believe in all things in moderation, but my kids have decided they can survive on only otter pops.  I think I need to cut back on junk!

I use to camp, but have a much greater appreciated of comfort as I have aged.  Good luck on you trip. 

Ladygoogoogaga May 26, 2011, 6:34 am

Perfect list – my favorite is the camping one! I'm so with you – I have two boys – so I'm planning on sending them on camping trips with their dad – and I will go to the spa!

Amy May 26, 2011, 8:33 am

I love how your don't have changed! They have for the better 🙂

Paulette May 26, 2011, 12:25 pm

#8 is one that irks me to no end when I see people doing it. That and undies sticking outta pants.

Kristin & Megan May 26, 2011, 3:37 pm

Shorts made it into my wardrobe post bambino too!

Kristin & Megan May 26, 2011, 3:37 pm

Shorts made it into my wardrobe post bambino too!

Kristin & Megan May 26, 2011, 3:37 pm

Shorts made it into my wardrobe post bambino too!

Kristin & Megan May 26, 2011, 3:37 pm

Shorts made it into my wardrobe post bambino too!

Angela May 26, 2011, 4:41 pm

I really never thought I would wear them again.  I guess anything can happen!

Angela May 26, 2011, 4:42 pm

I know!  I used to wear a straless bra all the time, but now I only wear one when it's absolutely necessary.

Angela May 26, 2011, 4:43 pm

Aw, thanks!  I think most of them are for the better, too.

Angela May 26, 2011, 4:43 pm

It's going to be an interesting overnight trip, that's for sure.  I would have preferred a spa day, but I'm sure it will be worth it while I'm actually doing it.

Angela May 26, 2011, 4:44 pm

I like parts of camping – campfires, s'mores, canoeing.  Other parts – dirt, disgusting bathrooms, bugs – I could live without 🙁

Angela May 26, 2011, 4:46 pm

At least you've made it that far!  We're still on Volume 1 – her favorites are Don't Stop Believin, Halo/Walking on Sunshine, Defying Gravity, and Somewhere Over the Rainbow 🙂

Angela May 26, 2011, 4:47 pm

Oh, that was me last summer!  I couldn't keep anything covered 🙁

Angela May 26, 2011, 4:48 pm

Wedges are pretty comfortable, but I think the flats are going to be a must-have this summer.  My poor legs aren't going to look as nice, but my feet will thank me in the end, right?

jentos23 May 27, 2011, 6:29 am

Great list! It made me laugh…and I can't EVER wear white either 🙂

Ixy May 27, 2011, 3:01 pm

My shoes have gotten slightly more comfy too (I now own flats!), but the crocs will never happen.  I never understood that one and I still don't.  Comfort doesn't have to be hideous haha!

Angela May 27, 2011, 5:18 pm

I don't get them either.  Except for kids and gardeners 🙂

Angela May 27, 2011, 5:19 pm

I wore a white t-shirt the other day (nothing fancy).  By the end of the day, it was stained with juice from fresh cherries and some sort of oatmeal.  Oh well.