We’re heading into the final stretch of summer break and some days it feels as though the first day of school just can’t come soon enough.
Our family had a blast this summer – vacations, play dates, roasting marshmallows, swimming, spending time together, and just laying around the house. It’s nice to get a break from the highly structured school year, where we’re on a constant schedule of go, go, go.
Most of it has been great … except when it’s not.
There are some days, when we’ve run out of #SummerBucketList activities, and it’s about a million degrees outside – and the kids start getting on each other’s nerves. That’s when the dreaded whining starts. They’re SOOOO bored. Really? We’ve been on two vacations, gone to the beach, Disneyland, and had a bunch of play dates and we still have a month to go. I could write a book with the things parents hear 1000 times during summer break, but no one wants to read that.
So instead, here’s a short list of actual quotes that I’ve heard this summer more times than I care to think about:
1. “I’m bored!”
This is the statement I hear from my daughter the most, hands down. It’s comes out during the school year, but in the summer, it seems to be thrown around even more. Most of the time I say things like, “You know what’s boring? Hearing you say how bored you are.” Not exactly a Parent of the Year response but it usually gets my kid to go find something to do. I mean seriously, what can you say back to that?
2. “But I don’t want to go outside!”
When I was a kid, my sisters and I would spend most days outside making things, putting on dance performances, riding our bikes, and basically roaming the streets looking for summer fun. Guess what, we usually found it! Now if only my own child would share that same enthusiasm for playing outside. Sigh.
3. “I have nobody to play with!”
Since one of my siblings is just a few years older than me, I never had to deal with this problem growing up. Our youngest (a first-grader) has older siblings too, but they’re in high school and college, so essentially she’s like an only child. She constantly wants me to play with her and that gets hard since I’m a work-at-home mom. All I know is it’s never enough.
4. “It’s summer, why do I have to go to sleep so early?”
This statement is usually followed by the “but it’s not fair” song and dance – and don’t forget the “you and Daddy get to stay up late” routine. Bedtime during the summer at our house … let’s just say it’s a challenge. The worst part is that the more tired she gets, the more she fights it.
5. “Do I have to get out of the pool?”
If it was up to her, my daughter would spend every single one of her waking hours in the pool. Morning, noon, and night – her fingers and toes might look like prunes, but don’t you dare ask her to get out. Go figure, this is the same girl who never wants to take a bath, but show her a pool and she’s instantly transformed into a mermaid.
6. “Are we there yet?”
Ah, the classic “Are we there yet?” question heard from the little passengers in the back seats of America’s family cars. I’ve heard this way more than normal this summer because we’ve taken a few road trips. It’s annoying, but sometimes this one actually gives me a chuckle because it’s just so timeless. You’d think kids would come up with something more original by now!
Have you been hearing lines like these all summer long? Are your kids saying even more annoying things? I’d love to know that I’m not alone …