This Summer, It’s OK…


Summer looks different this year. Most parents are still working remotely while their kids are at home instead of summer camp. Fewer people are taking vacations and the world is still in an unknown state. So with that, I just want to say it’s OK.

It’s OK….

  • To not know what day it is. I’m usually a day ahead or behind. Even if I check my phone or watch, I’ll forget and do it again an hour later. 
  • To let your kids have a little extra screen time. Yes, try to get them outside too if it’s nice outside. But if its a rainy day and you have to work, just let them be. 
  • To live in your atheleisure wardrobe even if you aren’t working out that day. All of my other business clothes are having their summer vacation. 
  • To let your kids stay up a little later this summer and fall asleep in your bed, the couch, or anywhere else they close their eyes after watching Frozen 2 for the millionth time. 
  • To start happy hour at the house a little early on those days when you just need to.
  • To be uncomfortable and uncertain about the future and our world. And not know exactly how to explain it to your kids. Just do your best to try. 
  • To provide quick meals that don’t need a stove or microwave or even better, that the kids can make themselves while you eat your adult lunchable (those cute salami, cheese and cracker kits). Multiple days is OK too!
  • To take a dance break in the middle of the day with your kids just to get the sillies out.
  • To be fed up with zoom and webex calls on the daily. 
  • To have your hair up in a weird bun more days of the week than not. 
  • To have multiple packages show up at your door each week – as long as they are um…. “necessities”… LOL.
  • To enjoy not having a structured schedule for once.
  • To hide the cookies from the kids and eat them in the closet when they aren’t looking.
  • To miss seeing your friends and family, going on vacations or a holiday BBQ, and being mad at the world and 2020.

All of the above, in addition to many other feelings moms have on a daily basis are OK. We are all doing our best to make the most of this new normal.

What would you add to the list?

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Mee Jean Sasine
Mee Jean is a divorced mom of three amazing kids: Alyssa, (11), Jacob (10) and Isaac (4). She moved to Columbia in 2002 after graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Once wondering how she could live in a small town, she now embraces it and loves her home in Northeast Columbia. She is a Marketing Proposal Manager at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and loves being involved in the community and making Columbia the best place for her kids to grow up in. As a current board member on the Leadership Columbia Advisory Board and a graduate of Leadership Columbia Class of 2017, she has learned so much about Columbia. Mee Jean loves going to local events and supporting businesses around the city. In her free time, she loves hanging out with her friends, reading, watching Georgia football, running races (whether it be 5ks or Spartans), taking pictures and making memories (lots of selfies and hashtags), shopping, relaxing with some wine by the pool and sleeping. 


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