Hi all! I am Summer, a stay home mom of 4 kids under 5 (1 set of twins)! I used to work in online marketing but my mothering instincts clearly kicked into overdrive the last few years… so here I am and couldn’t be happier! My husband and I have been married for 8 years and I love nothing more that a night in, lounging on my couch and chatting with him (and probably eating a bowl ice cream).
When did you realize you were ready to start a family and be all grown up?
I always knew I wanted to be a mom, family is very important to me. So I was all gung-ho for it after we got married, however things didn’t happen exactly as I wanted. It took a few years of fertility treatments until our family got started, but it’s been a roller coaster ever since!
What’s the one thing you said you’d never do as a mom, but ended up doing?
My kids were totally going to be the healthiest kids on the block, fruits and veggies galore. I hate to say it but we probably make cookies 2-3xs a week. And ice cream is always in stock. I’ve passed my sweet tooth on to them!
How would you describe yourself as a parent?
Laid back. I’m naturally a pretty mellow person, but after having 4 kids in 4 years, there’s pretty much nothing that fazes me now. I’ve seen it all.
What did you dream of becoming when you were still a kid yourself?
An artist. I was 100% sure I was going to be the next Van Gogh… until I realized my chances at that were slim to none. So I turned to business, like every other person does who doesn’t actually know what they want to do. 😁
What’s your ‘escape’ from being a mom, what keeps you sane?
Hand lettering. Even though I didn’t become the world renowned artist I planned on, I still love creativity and hand lettering/calligraphy gives me that outlet. I love nothing better than a house of sleeping kids and a pen/paper in my hand.
Which human values do you consider most important to teach our kids?
Kindness. Nothing gets to me more than teasing or being mean to someone else. My kids know if they ever even think about leaving someone out or being mean they’re in big trouble.
What are you struggling with while raising your kid(s)?
Patience. My patience is 10xs what it used to be before kids, but it’s definitely still a struggle. There’s just something about a kid taking 15 minutes to put on a pair of shoes that gets to me…
What is the biggest lesson that you’ve learned so far in life?
Honestly, this goes along with the value I teach my kids, but kindness. Be nice to people. Everybody! The random checkout man, the lady walking her dog in front of your house, the mom you meet at the park–spreading happiness and kindness is the best thing we can do for each other. I look back on my past and one of my only regrets is that I wasn’t always as nice or friendly as I could have been!
Thank you Summer!
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