It’s that time of year again. When the kids celebrate and the parents mourn the quiet time they once knew. Yes, it’s exciting that summer is here, and you can’t really complain about the incredible weather, but summer break is hard.
It’s hard because your routine changes. It’s hard because the kids get bored and want to do “all the things!” It’s hard because you want to make it exciting and fun for them, but it’s not always that simple to just find the time and the activities. You’re juggling so much more now.
I always look to Google when I have concerns or questions to get an idea of how I can fix them, and I’ve been using the search engine a lot so far this summer break. My search history looks a little like this:
“How late is the library open?”
The kids know they can’t be loud there, so maybe I’ll be able to get some work done.
“Percentage of grandparents who babysit their grandchildren.”
I need the stats on hand before I approach my parents.
“When does school start?”
I initiate a countdown of my own … and it’s only the third week.
“What countries have all-year school?”
I was considering a move abroad anyway – I hear it’s good for kids, right?
“Where do you take kids when it’s too hot out?”
It’s so hot I think I’ll melt and I know they’re not going to stay quiet in the library.
“Is boredom bad for kids?”
Because if it is, I’m in trouble.
“What to answer back when your kid says, ‘I’m bored.'”
Ignoring the statement doesn’t seem to work and I need something more quick-witted.
“Chores that kids can do.”
It’s time to put them to work!
“How old can a child stay home alone?”
Taking them to the grocery store isn’t fun anymore.
“How much do babysitters cost?”
I only need a few hours off!
“Is time alone with your partner necessary for a happy relationship?”
If I can’t remember the last time I had some alone time together, and that may be a problem.
“Quick lunch ideas my kids will actually eat.”
They hate everything I make for them and I’m pretty sure they can’t live on chicken nuggets.
“Pinterest crafts for kids.”
Sure, this will be fun!
“Why do I suck at crafts?”
Nope, I was wrong – I’m no good at crafts.
“How many snacks do kids need in a day?”
I swear it’s every 5 minutes they’re asking for a new one.
“Snacks kids can make themselves.”
If they want food, they can get it themselves!
“Where can I find deals on school supplies?”
The countdown to back to school is back on!
“Did my kids forget everything they learned last year?
Hmm … maybe I should have done something educational?
“How to get kids to go to bed earlier.”
Hurry, school starts tomorrow!More On