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The Life of the Working Mom: Summer Daze

August 8, 2013
Regional Director Kristi Jones' sons Tyler (4) and Brayden (1)

Regional Director Kristi Jones’ sons Tyler (4) and Brayden (1)

I hope you all are enjoying what is left of the summer break and for parents, that the stress of having the kiddos at home or having to find alternative daycare while they are out of school, is not overwhelming.  I also hope that each of you enjoyed at least one fun vacation or have gotten some R&R prior to the fall peak season starting at work (if it hasn’t already).

Here is a quick update since my last article in April.  Tyler, my four-year old, received his school supply list for pre-school.  In Florida, the state has a voluntary pre-k program that is free for three hours a day.  It is hard to believe that he will be starting school, but I am thankful that he is excited.  Time flies!  Brayden is running all over the place.  He is so different from his brother and gets into everything that is off-limits.  I have to race him daily to try to pick up the dog food, before he eats it.  On most days, he beats me there and eats at least one piece before I can get to it.  You would think after having it once, he would not have any interest in it.  If it only had the nutritional value needed for a small child, I could save some money since he does not seem to be picky in what he eats.  Ha!  The boys are starting to play together, so I am really enjoying these ages.

For today’s article, I would like to be transparent and admit to the things that I have done as a parent, that I swore I would never do. Here goes the laundry list:

  1. Throw ridiculously large and pricey 1st birthday parties for a child too young to remember
  2. Bribe your child with ice cream for pretty much any circumstance that he is not cooperating
  3. Allow your child to sleep in bed with you for 2 ½ years and counting
  4. Convert your dining room into the kids toy room
  5. Prepare a special meal or take an extra step to make sure the child eats, instead of forcing them to eat what you have prepared
  6. Not panic when your child picks something up off the floor and eats it, or drops the bottle and puts it right back in his mouth
  7. Use one of the child leashes
  8. Leave the house without make-up and with stains on my clothes
  9. Try to reason with a screaming two-year old
  10. Let my child dictate what we watch on TV

I also want to apologize to all of the mothers that I may have judged in error, as I wasn’t walking in their shoes at the time and assumed the parenting gig was a breeze.  Boy, have I eaten my words on several occasions. Now when I see a parent who is with a screaming child in a store, I give them a look of encouragement and one of compassion, instead of my pre-mom look of “why can’t you control your child?” I have so much respect for working parents, and we definitely need to stick together. We can only hope for a calm end of summer and a successful beginning to the school year.

Kristi Jones, Southern Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Kristi Jones, Southern Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Stephanie Rosh permalink
    August 8, 2013 1:01 pm

    great article Kristi, you guys are doing a good job as parents. I miss you!
    Steph.

  2. marian mccosh permalink
    August 13, 2013 2:11 pm

    Loved the article, made me laugh and sigh – time goes quickly. Wonderful photo of the little guys; you are an honest and ‘flexible’ Mom….all the best to you and your Family.
    Marian UCF

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