We are beginning the third full day of summer vacation. I’ve already lost count of how many more to go.
It feels like they’ve been home for months. And by they I mean…all 5 kids and my husband.
My husband, the big boss, has thankfully taken over the laundry. On his own accord. Fine and dandy. Because there is as shitload of dirty clothes and towel. But who is busy cleaning the filthy kitchen all the time, and clearing out the shoes from the front hall, and blah, blah, blah. So stop telling me that you do everything and I do nothing. Or soon that will, most definitely, be the case.
My house has been a revolving door of teenage bodies, leaving trails of pizza and pool water throughout the house.
Wow, are teenagers mouthy. Mouthier when on any school breaks because there isn’t really a break from their mouth. Unless they go to their friends houses. Which, I’ve been encouraging. But when they’re home, they are following me around whining, begging, crying out of boredom. Sorry, can’t hear you, my walkman from the 80’s caused major hearing loss and all I can hear is ringing.
Somehow, though, all the kids end up here. Probably because of the pool. I should get it filled in. Just a thought.
My youngest son finally, after years of hoping and waiting, sleeps through the night in his own bed. He has for this whole year. But now, his new thing is…he wakes up at 7 and starts screaming…whining…for me to take him to the bathroom. Then, after he is done peeing, he is starving and needs breakfast NOW.
I’m making a deal with him. Bribery, if you will. His summer chore is to not bother mommy and daddy until 8:30. He’ll earn a dollar each day that we are allowed to sleep. We had a big talk about it yesterday. He’s also in charge of taking the little dog, Oscar, out for a morning pee.
Day one, which happened to be this morning, didn’t go so well.
Not one red cent earned.
Can someone please explain this to me. During the school year, I have to wake my kid up so that we can get him ready and off to school. Which, we are always a little late for. Because the kid can’t wake up. Unless I scream and shake him.
But weekends and vacations, he’s up by 7. Is it because it’s his turn to wake us up after the five previous days of me waking him up?
My teenagers, they sleep all morning, wake up and mope the rest of the day.
I don’t remember being so needy. I was able to entertain myself and I didn’t have all these electronics. I knew how to pour myself a bowl of cereal and milk. I left my parents alone because truthfully, I didn’t want to be bothered by them, with all their rules and stuff.
I’d wake up, eat cereal and leave a note for my parents…if I remembered to and I’d head outside with my sister. I didn’t care what the weather was like.
I don’t get (my) kids these days.
I completely get why people send their kids away to summer camp all summer.
It’s not for the kids. Not really. OK fine, maybe a little. It’s actually way more fun at camp than hanging around at home, bugging parents for rides to the beach or the mall, that’s for sure.
Summer camp was invented by parents for parents.
Yeah, day 3 of summer vacation with way more to go and I already need a dose of vacation myself.
Or Xanax and a bathroom with a working lock.
Actually, I’m so grateful to FlipFlop wines for sending me samples. Keep ’em coming, my friends. Keep ’em coming. Because the Merlot has been my evening Xanax of choice for the last couple nights. It’s delish!
Tara R. says
I remember summers where we left the house first thing in the morning and didn’t come home until dinner time. Those were the days…
Best wishes for surviving summer vacation.
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Colleen - Mommy Always Wins says
Sounds like there are some teens who need to be assigned chores. Either stuff’ll get done instead of moping or you’ll get them to leave you alone for fear they’ll be assigned more. 🙂 Either way you win…
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I believe I complained of boredom ONCE when I was a kid….my mother promptly gave me a list of chores and a demand that they be done immediately. I learned my lesson. And how to occupy myself.
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Sheesh, we’ve been out for nearly a month now! It’s been the longest month in history. My kids love to fight from sun up till sun down. That’s entertainment to them. I might have a beer by 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.
Elizabeth V. Wheelock says
Wow, I can kind of relate. I have one teenager, and one seven year old. When my oldest doesn’t gripe about being bored; he will actually go outside to ride a bike, or a skateboard. My seven year old, before summer break stated, he thought he had it planned out, that he was going to play video games all summer long! That was set straight’cause’ he was told only to play video games when it’s raining1 other than that; outside. And he’s been getting better at that to. He goes out to ride his bike. I know; back in the day, even though there was the Atari game system, and arcades, we still had imagination!