Summer is in full force. Even for those weird people who don’t get out of school until the middle of June.
And it’s no Summer Break for Moms.
I get it. I really do.
Even though I homeschool and therefore am home with my kids all year long, summer adds its own set of painful complications.
…lack of structure.
…more time to be bored.
…kids somehow entirely forget how to play without Mom leading the way. (“This is what you do with Lego. HOW DO YOU FORGET WHAT TO DO WITH LEGO?!”)
…Camps and pools and summer fun leads to whining and boredom and summer unfun when at the deeply resented place of residence.
…IT IS HOT OUTSIDE.
As it is 500 degrees outside and most of the things I enjoy doing with my children take place outside (I’m never going to be the playing, crafting, make-believe mom – I admit it), we’re seriously cooped up. So I’m trying to be productive and get stuff done, and they’re bored because how do we play again??
So yes, summer can be a bit taxing on the Mother’s health.
In an effort to put salve on my wounds, I went back to a joint project that you and I did around Christmas (another Mommy-taxing time), and decided it was time to create some encouraging printables.
To help us all in our jobs.
To bring us joy and arm us with the tools we need to thrive.
And so, I present to you, some strikingly gorgeous artwork that I made for us all to share. Lettering, some might call it. Edification, others might say. A way for us to all take hold of one another’s hands and walk through this life in sisterhood.
Here it is, all of our contributions to the great cause of having a full arsenal of kid-safe, yet satisfying, curse words.
But I was having too much fun to just pick one font and layout, so I made several – because we all have different needs and tastes, and one might suit you better than another.
Plus, the more you read them, the more you’ll have them ready, on the tip of your tongue, for the next time one of your kids announces that they’re so bored they’ll die.
Or when one of them starts crying because they tripped over the insanely ridiculous mess that they left in the middle of the living room floor a week ago.
Or when you realize that your children have 26 library books that are all two weeks overdue.
Or when you’re alllll packed up and ready to go to the pool, from the sunscreen to the swim diapers, and you hear thunder.
Or when you just finished cleaning the kitchen when a kid ravages the fridge for their leftover Ring Pop (why did they have to put it in the fridge, one might wonder?) and in the process, knocks an entire dozen eggs into the floor.
Or when you realize that somebody got into your secret school supplies stash, found a brand new box of Crayolas, and left them on the sidewalk – where they’re now permanently melted and ready to make the elderly postman slip and break both his hips.
Or when you just need a day off. Or a week. Or a summer.
If you would like to print one or more of these gorgeous visuals to aid you in your summer survival, here’s a link to my beautiful, fancy, easily printable word bubbles.
But wait! I didn’t stop there!
I know that so many of us Moms find no greater joy than being able to check things off of our To-Do list. So for you, I present, the checklist version:
To print yourself an entire notepad of these, or just one, here’s a link to the printable checklist.
I love you all. May your summer be filled with…wait a minute…WHAT DID NOAH JUST SPILL?!?!?! Son of a Motherless Goat….