You Only Have 18 Summers With Your Children (But Core Memories Are Made Year-Round)

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I’m currently organizing things for the kids’ first day of school, and although I’m excited to have a little more free time on my days off, I’m sad to see another summer come to an end. I was recently scrolling through social media and saw a post with the caption, “You only have 18 summers with your kids.” Although I firmly believe there is so much more to parenthood and opportunities to bond with your children than 18 summers, it still had my eyes watering. I know I can’t be the only parent who wonders if they made enough core memories with their children during their summer break.

This summer was my last semester of nursing school, and I feel like I’ve sacrificed so much time with my babies that I will never be able to get back. I spent my weekends studying and lived through videos and pictures of my kids enjoying time fishing or playing at the beach with my husband. I’ve worked more hours than I ever have in my entire life pursuing a new career after being a stay-at-home mom for five years, and although I feel so proud of myself for reaching a new career goal, I can’t help but think about the memories I missed out on during this season.

Honestly, I always get all sappy the week of a new school year. It reminds me of how quickly life passes by, especially when you have children. Our oldest son will be 10 years old this year, so I am creeping up on a decade of parenthood, and I still get teary-eyed when summers come to an end. I’ll be fine a week from now, but I’m just sitting in my feelings, writing a post for all the other mamas who may feel the same way.

As we say goodbye to another summer, it’s a reminder to cherish all the time with have with our children. They grow up too fast! Now, after I drop the kids off at school, I’ll be browsing the Jacksonville Mom website for all the fun things I can do with my babies throughout the school year because although we only have 18 summers with our kids, core memories are made year-round.

Kelsey is a Jacksonville, Florida, native, enjoying life with her wonderful husband, Matthew, and their adorable children, Noah, Sophia, and Lincoln. She is a nutritionist that completed her B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of North Florida. Prior to becoming a stay-home-mama, she worked as a community outreach coordinator, where she taught people about the benefits of holistic health. With all of the responsibilities that come with being a stay-home-mother, cooking with her children has become one of her favorites! Kelsey enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family, playing volleyball on the beach, browsing Pinterest, online shopping, and having date nights at local restaurants. She is notorious for snapping pictures of any dish that looks delicious, and she shares her food photography, fun recipes and mom life posts on her blog,


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