Parenting through secondhand FOMO

On the list of things I feel guilty about at this exact moment, one of them is swimming lessons. Namely, that our kids are not currently enrolled. You’ve heard of secondhand smoke, right? Well, I suffer from secondhand FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).

They wanted to take the lessons! They asked! I may or may not have uttered a teensy fib about swimming lessons not being offered in the winter, but, uh, Mommy’s pretty sure they’ll be running in the spring.

It’s not that I have anything against swimming lessons. I think they’re great, and they certainly worked wonders on our tentative kids. (What’s the opposite of saying someone “swims like a fish,” because ours are … that?)

It’s just that we absolutely cannot handle another weekly commitment at the moment … and that makes me feel simultaneously proud of sticking to my guns, but also guilty that my children are missing out on wonderful experiences.

Continue reading in my weekly parenting column, “The Mom Scene” …

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