This is the first summer I’ve had in my Mom Life where it’s not just another season, regulated with hotter temperatures and a reading program at the library.

My oldest, you see, has just finished first grade. She’s home for the summer.

Which is great.

It has also made me really consider how much more she needs me than she did when she was, say, 18 months old, like her brother, or even four, like her sister.

Read the rest at today.