Oh, summer. As mamas, this time of year we tend to get less sleep, less exercise and not eat as well as we should. Which, inevitably, leads to frazzled nerves, less patience with the kiddos and the dreaded mama guilt. Which is not quite a prescription for summer fun. Here at LiveMom, we challenge you to take some time for yourself this summer, whether that means reading a book while your partner takes the kids to the pool, getting crafty with your kids (instead of using that time to fold laundry or do chores) or getting out and spending time with friends. Whatever it is, you have our permission to take whatever time you can get to recharge.
Since we know you’re busy this summer, we’ll bring you one song each Tuesday that we’ve been loving lately, and let you know about some shows that are coming up, so you can have a reason to escape the kids, the kitchen counters and whatever’s keeping you from getting your summer zen on.
This week, we are bringing you a great song for those post-dinner dance-offs you have with your kids (what, are we the only ones?) This song, “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)” by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. has been out for a while, but the band recently released this video in partnership with the website Funny Or Die. The band was in Austin in May, is hitting a few summer festivals and then joins Atlas Genius on tour through November. When I asked my seven-year-old son to vote between this song and “Put the Light On” by Generationals, he chose this:
As a bonus this week, I ran across this list of the 20 Greatest Albums to Share with Kids, put together by Common Sense Media. What has made up your kids’ musical education?
In case you are looking for an excuse to get out of the house and experience what it means to live in the Live Music Capital of the World, here are some shows we have hand-picked for you:
Tuesday, July 30th
Wednesday, July 31st
Austin Sound & Cinema at the Long Center lawn featuring School of Rock featuring the Zeppelin Show performed by Will Taylor and Strings Attached. FREE. Music will start at 7pm, followed by the film screening.
Thursday, August 1st
Friday, August 2nd
Saturday, August 3rd
Sunday, August 4th
What’s your favorite tune as of late? Any summer concerts you are looking forward to?
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.livemom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Nicole-Basham-Sara-Marzani-Photography-livemom.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her newly-minted-7-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau’s words, her mission is to “suck out all the marrow of life”, or in her son’s words, to cultivate in him a love of “advenchers”.[/author_info] [/author]