The One In Which I Make You Feel Better As A Parent

by Mary Anne on July 6, 2010

It seems that while I was on my little blogcation, my blog decided to break itself. Or go on strike. I firmly believe the latter is true. Since coming back, I’ve been unable to upload a single picture and a blog post without nice colorful pictures? Well, that would mean you would just have to read my drivel with no visual breaks. Today, my blog is still broken so that means one thing for you….oodles and oodles of drivel.


So since I can’t share any shiny pictures with you, I’d thought I’d share some of my parenting tips for summer so that you can feel better about yourself as a parent. You may thank me later…or take me off your reader, your call.

Summer always starts with the best of intentions. We will get the children out of bed at a reasonable hour, we will take them to do one fun thing each day, we will work to ensure numerous playdates and above all, we will encourage them to partake in the endless bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available this time of year. It’s nice to dream. Below is a list of what summer really turns out like around here:

  • Starting off with that “endless bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables” nonsense….we think it’s a great idea.    The children, however, would beg to differ.   The only fruit they are eating is strawberries and the occasional watermellon.    Miss G will happily snarf down cantelope if I can muster up the energy to cut it into just the right size bites but will think twice after her brother pronounces it “slimy”, “gross” and “weird colored”.   (Did I mention he is color blind?    We call it orange, he calls it a shade of “blech”.)
  • Bathing is optional.    Days can go by without these children meeting a bar of soap.   We know we’ve let them ripen past their due date when they begin to smell slightly like stale corn chips.    Then it’s a one hour negotiation session to get both of them to shower and wash their hair.
  • The pool counts as a bath.   But only before they smell like corn chips so like days 1 and 2 of not bathing.    And sometimes day 3.   But never 4 because that would make me a bad mother.   Oh wait.
  • Prior to summer, the bottom half of our house is all mine.   Things must be neat and tidy, crumbs from cookies, pretzels and pop tarts are not allowed in my area.   Neither are sadly deflated juice packs.   In summer, you could forage for a week in our den and manage to gain weight eating the leftover bits left on the floors, thirst would not be a problem either because there is absolutely no reason to drink all the juice in the Capri Sun package even if your Mother reminds you that there are children who would love to have a luxury like a cold juice.
  • Regarding above guilt trip, it doesn’t work in the summer.     Or any other time of the year for that matter.
  • Bedtime?  What bedtime?    At some point, The Man and I are laying half dead on the floor covered in cookie crumbs and exhausted from trying to force them to eat when they finally migrate upstairs….which I might add is neater than downstairs now.    (Trust me, the visual is frightening….)     It’s never before 9:30 or so which leads me to my next point.
  • Early to bed and early to rise.    We’ve covered off on the early to bed thing, let’s talk about mornings.   Or mid mornings.   Or whenever they manage to migrate back down to the bottom of the house, smelling of corn chips with dragon breath and demanding a sugar coated breakfast.    Shortly after breakfast, the sugar crash sets in and mayhem erupts right outside my office door and usually when I am on the phone with a client.
  • We have a general rule in this house that after you whine eleventy million times, “I’m booooored” all fun is immediately halted.   I’m happy to announce that they reached their limit on week two of summer break and we are now officially giving the finger to any form of entertainment that might present itself.    We may revisit this again in a week or so.

So there you have it, a partial list of my summer parenting skills.   Now…go give yourself a pat on the back,  print out this post and use it as a threat against your children should they start to act up.    I promise you they will straighten up at the thought of going to live with  Aunty Stiletto for a week or so.

You’re welcome.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 The Mother July 6, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Car keys are the redeeming factor in summer survival. Oh, I forgot–yours are too young.

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2 Glummy Mummy July 6, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Wow, I didn’t think anybody could be so similar to me. Any crumbs on the floor of the living room and I turn into the Incredible Hulk. Seriously – my bingo wings turn into huge muscles and my half-smile turns into a huge frown. Talk about unattractive, haha.

GM xo.

3 Lawyer Mom July 6, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Have you, umm, hidden a video camera in my kitchen?
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4 foradifferentkindofgirl (fadkog) July 6, 2010 at 3:37 pm

At least twice so far this summer, I’ve counted the boys playing out in the rain as their baths for the night, so lady, I’m in that parenting club, too!
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5 Sprite's Keeper July 6, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I’d like to say I sympathize, but that would mean imagining myself in your position, and my day was going so well..
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6 Michele July 6, 2010 at 5:28 pm

I’d like to say that when my children were younger I; never waited 3 or 4 days to bath them, always provided education activities to fuel their youthful minds, and organically grew their snacks in the backyard garden. I’d like to say all that but then I’d be lying. And, I could go to hell by lying as well as cheating.
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7 Jack July 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Don’t I know about bedtime, or the “flexibility” of it. Oy.

8 Irish Gumbo July 6, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Well, then, no need for that “Parenting for Dummies” book I was about to buy. I’m all set! Thanks, Aunty! :)
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9 Connie @ Young and Relentless July 6, 2010 at 8:18 pm

You let your kids eat POP TARTS!!

I’m kidding of course because I hide my pop tarts from my children. They are all mine!
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10 pamela July 6, 2010 at 8:24 pm

knew i was forgetting something.
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11 Michele Renee July 7, 2010 at 7:33 am

I make my kids take showers because that then eliminates my having to wash their sheets…for a while……
Other than that tornadoes hit the family rooms on a daily basis.
But I want to know if there has been a bunny mauling this summer.
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12 HeatherPride July 7, 2010 at 11:07 am

Soooo funny. And I thought I was the only mom out there who counted the pool as a bath. What’s the difference if you use some spray-on conditioner when they come out?
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13 Beth July 7, 2010 at 2:05 pm

So, even though none of my kids live at home anymore, I am NOT supposed to be covered in cookie crumbs at the end of the evening?! Oops…
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14 nmaha July 9, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Bathtime is non-negotiable……….but since we use a paddling pool, I just cover her with top-to-toe babywash and hose her down…..that is what you meant by having a bath right?
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