Summer is here, and we all know what that means: the kids are out of school, and driving us parents crazy. We want to think summertime is all about vacations and relaxation, but in reality, it is not quite that way. Here are a few summertime expectations versus reality, from a parent’s perspective:

Expectation: Relaxing.

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It is summer–time to get your tan on! The kids are finally out of school; you are not in rush to get up in the morning to make sure your kids are up and ready. It is time to relax, maybe go to the pool, and get a nice tan, park your butt in a pool chair or just wade around in the pool awhile to relax.

Reality: Why are there so many people?

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Unless you are lucky enough to own your own pool, the community pool is your only option. It is hot, and you and the entire world had the same idea. Hopefully, you got there early enough, or there a no pool chairs left. Your kids are running around freaking out, because there are too many people in the pool. Your relaxing day just flew right out the widow… or got crushed by some kid who just jumped on you in the pool.

Expectation: Vacation.

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Summer means vacation. I know, we all dream of going somewhere tropical like the Bahamas… white sandy beaches, clear blue water, maybe a hotel babysitter, and an open bar… Wouldn’t that be nice?

Reality: Visiting the family.

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Once you wake up from that dream vacation, you pick up your bags, load up the car, and head out to someplace like Albuquerque, New Mexico to visit your in-laws for two weeks. Even with the best in-laws in the world, it is still family, and it can become very stressful very fast. Where is that open bar when you really need it?

Expectation: Not having parental responsibilities.

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Can we just look at this picture for another moment? How am I so envious of a cartoon drawing? Summertime makes you think you finally might have time. Period. Just have time to do whatever you want. To actually have time for a hot cup of coffee in the morning, have time to sit and read a book… that sounds so nice.

Reality: Mom… Mom? MOM!!!

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WHY?! Why do kids need you every second of every day? When you first have kids and they say “Mom” for the first time, your hear melts. Now that your kids are older, you have completely tuned out the word “Mom”.  It no longer exists to you. Your kid needs your help, needs to tell you something, or even ask you something every hour of every day. I do not know how many times I have said, “Go ask your father” while I am trying to use the bathroom in peace, then the door busts open, and a little voice starts asking me a million questions about why he can’t have fur like the dog. We love our kids… but, mom needs a break. 

Expectation: Not having plans.

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The best thing about summer is not having to drive here, there, and everywhere to get your kids to practice and school on time.

Reality: TAXI!

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Cheer is typically a year-round sport, so unfortunately, you are still carting your child back and forth to practice. Plus, if your child does not drive, you are driving your kids to friends’ houses, to the mall, to a concert, to the fair, and to the moon and back. You’re the summer taxi service… great.

Expectation: One-on-one bonding time with your kid.

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The best part of summer is being able to spend quality time with your kid. This is the perfect time to have a date day with your kid. You have the time, it really does help your child feel special, and brings you closer together.

Reality: GET ME OUT OF HERE!

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You made a rookie move, and took your kid to a Chuck E. Cheese type of environment. These places are horrible! Kids are screaming all over the place, herds of children practically run you over, and you find yourself being a babysitter to someone else’s kid. You want to be a good parent for your kid, so you brought them to a place you knew they would enjoy. Your kid is having a blast, but inside, you are screaming.

These realities sound familiar? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!