Mom Warned Kids All Summer About Arguing. 1st Day Of School, Her "Retaliation" Goes Instantly Viral
Cailyn Finkel 8/11/2017
Summer can be a glorious time filled with sandy beaches, family bonding and endless fun. But for the Willingham family from Alabama, summer was not the picture-perfect dream of warm weather and smiles.
Instead, Jena Willingham's three children spent the long summer months bickering, fighting and wrestling!
As the summer came to a close, Jena warned the kids that if they're bickering didn't stop, she would spend the first day of school throwing a pool party for just herself! The warning didn't faze the kids and the infighting continued...
So when the first day of school arrived, Jena was thrilled to have the house to herself and her angsty kids out of the house! She donned her bathing suit, grabbed a drink and jumped into the pool.
Thankfully Jena's husband was there to snap a quick picture.
Jena told PEOPLE that this was the first time in 11 years that she really will be alone during the day.
"My kids have been driving me crazy with their fighting over chargers and iPads all summer. I kept telling them I was going to have a pool day all by myself when they went to school because it's the first time in 11 years I won't have a kid home.
I was counting down to school, I deserve a break!"
The back-to-school picture that resulted was absolutely hilarious and quickly went viral!
Besides the pool parties, Jena told PEOPLE that she really wants her time alone to be productive!
"I'm probably going to try to get stuff done, I hate grocery shopping with all the kids. They always want to buy everything they don't need, so I'll probably get stuff like that done while they're at school so it's not so hectic for me."
Hopefully, in addition to running errands, Jena takes this time and regularly treats herself. She was right - as a busy mother of three and dedicated wife, she really does deserve it!