It’s officially summertime, and the livin’ is easy… or not so much. If you’re a parent, chances are the dog days of summer are working you like a dog. Summer vacation can be a special time of building family memories, but keeping kids fed & entertained on these long summer days is not for the faint of heart. These Twitter parents feel your pain.
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So join me in laughing at the ridiculousness that is summer, and laugh alone with these 20 tweets from parents that show why summer is complete hell for parents.
- The stress starts before the summer begins.
I'm looking forward to the summer so I can listen to my kids complain about being bored at the beach instead of at my house.
— the Mom TruthBomb (@momTruthBomb) June 7, 2017
2. The whining & sibling fights begin immediately.
OMG WHEN DOES SCHOOL START BACK UP
– me, 8 seconds into the kids summer break
— Rodney Lacroix (@moooooog35) June 21, 2018
3. Siblings annoying siblings isn’t fun.
5 hours into summer vacation and older kid already figured out trick of waving feet in younger kids' face and saying "I'm not touching you"
— Daniel Bolnick (@DanielBolnick) June 2, 2017
4. Snacks. All day long, endless snack requests.
Summer break, day 2: the kids have eaten all the food in the house and have started nibbling on cabinet doors.
— The Real American Dadass (@R_A_Dadass) June 21, 2018
5. Everything is hot & sticky, including your kids.
Me as a mom in the winter:
“Get over here and snuggle with me, my precious angel baby!”
Me as a mom in the summer:
“OMG, ARE YOU SERIOUSLY TOUCHING ME RIGHT NOW!?!?”
— TheMotherOctopus (@MotherOctopusKJ) July 1, 2018
6. The noise. Dear God, the NOISE.
Alrighty, so turns out Summer Break is 79% screaming “PLEASE QUIET DOWN” until you pop a blood vessel in your eye.
— AsKateWouldHaveIt (@KateWouldHaveIt) June 6, 2018
7. How about the fun of cleaning up wet bathing suits & towels?
If everything the kids touched isn’t soaking wet in a pile on the floor did you even summer today?
— OutnumberedMother (@OutNumbMother) June 18, 2017
8. And the next day: more bathing suits. And towels.
It’s summertime and I have kids, so if you need me I’ll just be washing and drying wet towels and bathing suits on an endless loop.
— SpacedMom (@copymama) July 17, 2017
9. Then there’s all the other messes kids leave. All.Day.Long.
Parenting in the summer is 90% saying "Pick up your mess" and 10% giving up and picking up the mess.
— Jennifer S. White (@yenniwhite) August 10, 2017
10. Let’s not forget those snacks… again!
School's been out 10 days and I've only had to answer the question, "Can I get a snack?" 5,689,721 times.
— Lady Lawya (@Parkerlawyer) June 4, 2017
11. Sometimes summer fun for kids is less fun for adults.
My three year old’s bowling ball has been making its way down the lane for six days. How is your summer going.
— Lurkin' Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom) June 23, 2018
12. Keeping kids entertained is exhausting!
-my kid, eating an ice cream cone holding a new toy riding a pony on the beach in the summertime sun
— OneFunnyMummy (@OneFunnyMummy) June 26, 2018
13. Some kids entertain themselves, but that’s ALL they do.
If anyone is wondering what it’s like to have kids home on summer break, my son’s goal today was to take a shower before I got home at 5:30pm. He failed.
— Sarcastic Mommy (@sarcasticmommy4) July 6, 2018
14. And seriously- how about those snacks??
She died doing what she loved- trying to keep her kids fed, & was buried in an avalanche of pizza boxes & ice pop wrappers because it was summer and her children never stopped eating.
— Stephanie Ortiz (@Six_Pack_Mom) June 28, 2018
15. The days start way too early…
School year kids, 7am: We can't possibly get up.
Summer vacation kids, 7am: Here we are now, entertain us. #tired
— Carolyn (@ccarolson) May 27, 2017
16. …and end way too late.
Summer is just 3 months of my kids saying, "But the sun is still up."
— Toni Hammer (@realtonihammer) May 31, 2017
17. You send them outside to give yourself a break, but:
The crack of a baseball bat
Joyous squeals of children splashing in the pool
Me, yelling SHUT THE DAMN DOOR I'VE SAID IT 60 TIMES AND IT'S NOT EVEN 10AM WHY DO YOU MAKE MY VOICE DO THIS?!
–sounds of summer
— Stephanie Jankowski (@CrazyExhaustion) July 13, 2018
18. By this point in summer, everyone’s cranky.
We’ve officially reached the “all the kids are growling at each other” phase of summer break.
— Unfiltered Mama (@UnfilteredMama) July 11, 2018
19. So they find something -anything- to fight over.
Parenthood summer math:
If you have 3 kids & 10 water guns what are the chances that they still all fight over the same one?
— Karen Johnson (@21stcenturysahm) June 5, 2017
20. It seems endless (Wait… HOW many weeks left of this??).
If the rest of this summer keeps going the same way as the first week, y'all go on ahead without me. SAVE YOURSELF!
— Housewife of Hell (@HousewifeOfHell) July 1, 2014
Summer break feels like childbirth- while occasionally excruciating in the moment, you forget the pain as you enjoy those sweet, special moments with your kid(s). Until, of course, you do it again… next summer!