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LOL: Downsides and Upsides to Summer (for Moms)

Ah, summer. The bliss of not having to drag the kids out of bed and rush them to school…and then the realization that for some reason they wake up on their own at 5:01 a.m. every day in the summer.

There are downsides, to be sure: the wrestling match of putting sunblock on a toddler, the inability of any child to use one pair of goggles for the whole season, the fact that your gas mileage sucks because your car is so weighed down with wet towels and tracked-in sand.

But there are so many upsides: No one is crying over math homework! (Especially not me.) Ice cream is practically required! Everyone is so tired from swimming that they don’t even have the energy to bicker!

For more silver linings, check out these downsides / upsides to summer, below!

  • It’s not all bored teens and sweaty toddlers! 1 of 13
    LOL: Downsides and Upsides to Summer (for Moms) -- via Babble

    Click the arrows for some laugh-out-loud silver linings.

  • Eeew. 2 of 13
    5 Downsides and Upsides to Summer, for Moms (via Babble)

    Seriously. I smell it in my sleep.

    (Photo Credit: iStockphoto)

  • Oh, right. 3 of 13
    5 Downsides and Upsides to Summer, for Moms (via Babble)

    I almost forgot about how bad those shin guards smelled.

    (Photo Credit: iStockphoto)

  • Whyyyyyy can’t you hang up your towels? 4 of 13
    5 Downsides and Upsides to Summer, for Moms (via Babble)

    I have taken to hiding towels for myself right out of the dryer.

    (Photo Credit: iStockphoto)

  • Meh. Clean enough. 5 of 13
    5 Downsides and Upsides to Summer, for Moms (via Babble)

    "Yes, I know your towel is stiff enough to stand up on its own. It, um, makes it easier to find our spot at the pool!"

    (Photo Credit: iStockphoto)

  • They go the same place as mittens. 6 of 13
    5 Downsides and Upsides to Summer, for Moms (via Babble)

    I believe that somewhere in my house there is a secret Room of Hidden Things, and it contains all the socks, mittens, snow boots, library books, and goggles that we have lost.

    (Photo Credit: iStockphoto)

  • Delicious, delicious chemicals. 7 of 13
    5 Downsides and Upsides to Summer, for Moms (via Babble)

    Yeah, I know they're full of evil corn syrup and chemicals and food dye and whatnot. I also know they cost about 0.000004 cents each and they're freaking delicious.

    (Photo Credit: iStockphoto)

  • It’s not just my kids, right? 8 of 13
    5 Downsides and Upsides to Summer, for Moms (via Babble)

    Of course watermelon counts as a side dish at dinner. It's full of, um, lycopene.

    (Photo Credit: iStockphoto)

  • So. Much. Lycopene. 9 of 13
    5 Downsides and Upsides to Summer, for Moms (via Babble)

    I don't know what diseases lycopene prevents, but between the watermelon and the ketchup, my family will never, ever, ever get them.

    (Photo Credit: iStockphoto)

  • Sand. It’s Nature’s glitter. 10 of 13
    5 Downsides and Upsides to Summer, for Moms (via Babble)

    You will still be finding sand in your car in November.

    (Photo Credit: iStockphoto)

  • Nighty-night! 11 of 13
    5 Downsides and Upsides to Summer, for Moms (via Babble)

     They're so adorable when they're passed out.

    (Photo Credit: iStockphoto)

  • I’m sorry, Sweetie. Fun is expensive. 12 of 13
    6 Downsides and Upsides to Summer, for Moms (via Babble)

    You can play with the dog!

    (Photo Credit: iStockphoto)

  • You know exactly who I mean. 13 of 13
    6 Downsides and Upsides to Summer, for Moms (via Babble)

     There's one in every neighborhood.

    (Photo Credit: iStockphoto)

Read more from Joslyn on Babble and at her blog, stark. raving. mad. mommy. You can also follow Joslyn on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

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