Consider yourself warned!
A guide for those who think they want children.
Mother’s Day! One of the best holidays ever, if you’re a mom! I love Mother’s Day because that’s the one day of the year where I may just get an obligatory gift, and the kids actually make an effort to get along with each other. But, of course, that all depends on your child.
When the kids were little, I looked forward to the school made gifts I would receive (a big thank you to all the creative teachers out there). You should have seen my kids’ little beaming faces. They were always so excited to give me their handmade works of art. They were just too precious! I don’t know where all that art work is now, but I still have a pencil holder my son made me and the mug and bowls my daughter hand painted.
Now that the kids are teenagers, the quality of the gifts has change, that is, if I get a gift. First of all, they are no longer handmade. Now it’s a store bought gift or a gift card. Sometimes, I would just prefer the gift card. At least then I know I’ll get what I want. After all, what I want, and what they want me to have can be two completely different things. Last year, my daughter bought me really expensive perfume even though I told her not to spend a lot of money. She asked the sales lady at Sephora to help her pick it out. If I remember correctly, she framed the question somewhat like this, “What type of perfume would you buy a middle aged lady?” She actually told me that is what she asked the sales lady. I was trying to figure out when I became middle aged. Anyway, what the sales lady thought THIS middle aged lady would like was not something that I would have chosen for myself. But I have to say though, I’ve been using this perfume and it has now grown on me. I guess the sales lady actually knew a thing or two.
My son, got me nothing for Mother’s Day last year, and he spared no expense when he got me the same thing again this year. This year, my daughter decided that instead of buying me a gift, she would make me breakfast and other fattening treats instead. God blessed me with a daughter who likes to experiment in the kitchen. Her experiments don’t always work out, but every now and again she gets it right. Luckily for me, they mostly turned out pretty good this Mother’s Day. My son, I made him clean the kitchen. Do you see a trend here? I don’t understand how I got stuck with the cheap son, but somehow I did. The sad thing is that this kid didn’t even remember that it was Mother’s Day weekend! Saturday night, he’s talking about playing basketball with his friend on Sunday. I looked at him and asked, “Isn’t your friend going to spend Mother’s Day with his mother?” His reply, “Tomorrow’s Mother’s Day?” To which I incredulously replied, “Excuse me?” I wish you could have heard the attitude in my voice. His response, “Oh, I guess it is.” Then he offered to give his sister Thirty Dollars towards whatever she got me. She refused to take it from him and told him to get his own gift. I told her that she should take the money. But wait a minute, now that I think of it, I’m the one who paid for the food my daughter cooked. Maybe he should pay me the Thirty Dollars!
I hope those of you who have children have at least one child who took the time to get you a gift or to do something special for you on Mother’s Day. For those of you who haven’t experienced this yet … Consider Yourself Warned!
Mothers, what kinds of gifts did you receive for Mother’s Day?
Happy Mother's Day!
Today is a wonderful day! The sun is shining after a rainy Saturday and, it's Mother's Day!!! One of those special days of the year, other than perhaps your birthday, that your children actually take the time to show their love and appreciation for all that you do for them.
So, to all you Mothers, Mothers-To-Be, Grandmothers, and Mother Figures .... May your hearts be overflowed with the love and well wishes of your children and extended family. For those of you who are sad on this day, may your hearts be filled with happy memories of your loved ones!
To everyone, whether you are a mother or not, may you have a beautiful day filled with love, joy, and happiness!.
Enjoy your day!
Are You Ready for Summer Yet?
Well, it’s almost that time of year again! Summer. The kids will be home, and you will ask yourself, “Now, what will I do with these kids?” Well, I’m glad you asked! Fortunately for you, many other people have asked that same question and have come up with some costly solutions for you. After all, you need something for your kids to do while you are off at work … every day … until you take that one week off for the family vacation. I just hope you saved some money so that you can pay for your kids’ summer fun.
If you are lucky enough to live in the New York City vicinity (or probably in any major urban city), you have a variety of summer camps available for your precious little kids, most which cost a pretty penny. But wait, you’re working all summer. You’ll be able to pay for it. After all, isn’t that why you go to work?
I first had the pleasure of the summer camp experience the summer before my son entered the first grade and my daughter entered kindergarten. Up until then, they just stayed in their nursery school all year long. But now, they were going to change schools and this particular summer camp had a location at the new school they would be attending in September. I thought that it would be a good idea to have them get used to going to the new school before school actually began. I went to the open house and watched the presentation. It was a great camp! The kids went swimming three times a week, went on trips once a week, went to the beach once a week, and alternated Fridays between horseback riding and gymnastics. I must say, that camp was worth every penny of the $6,000.00 their father paid for those kids! Those kids were exhausted when I picked them up. I had to keep my daughter awake on the bus ride home. When we got home, it was dinner, a bath, and bed. Oh man, that was a great summer for me (The following summer they had more stamina. They didn’t fall asleep so easily). They continued going to that camp until they were about eleven and twelve years old.
After that was performing arts camp for my daughter. This was great camp as well. She took the bus out to Long Island every day where she had classes in modern dance and acting (they also had a swimming pool). Her father and I went out to see her perform in a play, and in a dance recital. $5,000.00 was a good investment in that camp. That summer, while she was performing her heart out, her brother first went to a summer program at a catholic high school and then was in a prep class for the specialized high school exam that he was going to take in October. I don’t even remember how much those programs set his father back.
The next summer, it’s my daughter’s turn for the prep class and my son decided that he wanted to go to basketball camp, so off to basketball camp he went. That camp was a steal at $200.00 per week. I didn’t even flinch when he said that he wanted to go back the following summer.
All this is to say three things:
So, now you know …. Consider yourself warned!
Parents, what summer activities do you have planned for your children?
SassyGirlTye lives with her two wonderful teenagers in Brooklyn, New York. No matter what she says in her posts, she truly loves her children with all her heart.