Jennifer Weiner on Keeping Kids Entertained: ‘The Idea That We Have to Enrich Their Every Moment Is a New One’

06/20/2016 at 04:30 PM ET

Even someone as on top of her career game as Jennifer Weiner can sometimes lose track of time — especially when school’s out and the kids are suddenly at home during the day.

“I don’t know how that happened, and I don’t know what to do with my kids,” the bestselling author, producer and Bachelor superfan, 46, said in a video for the new weekly series PEOPLE Pop Culture Pie.

In the clip, Weiner interviews PEOPLE Now‘s “fellow panicking mom” Jenny D’Attoma, and the twosome talk about how seemingly quickly summer vacation arrived.

“How did this happen? It’s summer!” says Weiner, who is mom to two daughters.

“It went too fast. It always goes too fast,” agrees D’Attoma.

Jennifer Weiner June 20 Clip

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For D’Attoma, this summer is all about something new for her teenage daughter: a job.

“She’s finally a camp counselor after 15 years of me paying for camp,” she says, admitting that she does still have to pay for her younger child, a son, to attend camp. “We’re finally gonna have her get paid instead of me paying.”

Weiner is all about letting her kids spread their wings on their own, through camp or otherwise, regardless of the judgment she has heard.

“The idea that we have to enrich [our kids’] every moment is a new one, and I’m not really happy with it,” she confesses. “Then I made the mistake [of going] online and I looked up what Tom Brady and Gisele are doing with their kids … and they’re doing Paris and Costa Rica and Ireland.”

She adds jokingly, “My kids do the scavenger hunt, where it’s like, ‘Go find Mommy’s phone.’ ”

Weiner suggests that fellow moms “preach the message” of forgiveness when it comes to each other. “Whatever your kid is doing, [as long as they’re happy],” she says.

“The train ride into Manhattan is really exciting from the window,” D’Attoma adds. “It’s not bad! It’s a different view, it’s exciting, sometimes the train stops.”

On the summer agenda for one of Weiner’s daughters? STEM education.

“I signed my kid up for science camp,” she says, before receiving a high five from D’Attoma.

“Hashtag ‘GoodEnoughMoms,’ ” Weiner adds.

Jen Juneau


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Sandra on

Have as many babies as you want and can afford. I wanted four but God knew that two was all I could handle.

Lala on

Who? And wear long sleeves.

L on

That scavenger huntis handy. My phone, sunglasses, keys, iPad. My 4yr old is like a bloodhound.

bugsforever on

I remember having a conversation with a dad during soccer practice.
Him: So what else does James do?
Me: Besides soccer? He belongs to Science Club.
long pause
Him: But what else is he involved in? Other sports, Scouts, church?
Me: He plays with his friends. They ride their bikes, climb fences, go to the park and shoot hoops…
Him: (getting exasperated with my denseness) But what else does he DO?

ldstep on

Is this a joke? Did this woman look in the mirror before recording this video? What a PIG. And a PIG with no idea how to dress. Whatever message she was trying to communicate was completely ignored because of how ridiculous she looked in that dress. REALLY, is this some kind of joke? And someone impregnated her? I don’t even want to SEE what that dude must look like.

ldstep on

This woman looks gross. Someone actually impregnated this woman — TWICE?!?
Is this video a joke? That dress? She looks gross.

Tiffany on

Jennifer Weiner is an accomplished author of many books, most notably In Her Shoes. If this video had featured Stephen King I highly doubt the comments would’ve been fixated on physical appearance. I for one was more concerned with the content of the video. I like seeing features like this from people who are capable of stringing together thoughtful statements. It was a nice mixture of middlebrow topics. The pacing and editing was just right. One of my favorite features on the website right now.