The thing about summertime for parents is that you seem to either feel completely alone in this gig, or like there are WAY too many people around you sweating and breathing excessively as you check yet again to make sure none of your kids have wandered off into the crowd. Both scenarios can put you over the edge because either way, you are floundering in your overwhelmed emotions while dealing with erratic children whose schedule is now constantly in flux. Sure, the message is that summer break is supposed to be a lazy, chill time, but try telling that to your offspring who are hopped up on rocket pops and a third night in a row of staying up three hours past their regular bedtime.
This is why we are ever-so-grateful for the funny parents of the internet who can take all this madness and smush it into refreshing, bite-sized servings. Relatable and hilarious, these parenting memes about summer break* with the kids just might have you hating that dinnertime jingle of the ice cream truck a little bit less tonight.
* LOL, “break”
Upon the last day of school, we look at the calendar and set some goals.
It starts pretty great! And then…
Things can escalate rather quickly.
Rise and shine, ki—oh.
Ahhh. So relaxing?
Maybe it would help to send them to one of those local afternoon camps every so often to break things up?
Time to play outside!
We could always read a book while the kids splash around in the yard.
Or how about focus on some healing music?
Getting the kids out into nature is a wonderful pastime on sunny days. Until it isn’t.
So the kids update their plan for the summer: How bad can it be?
As long as they’re quiet, don’t ask any questions.
Maybe we’ll try going outside one more time. Or not?
Oh parents. So fickle.
Why do people keep using the word “vacation” to describe when we travel with our families?
Pack up the minivan, kids, it’s beach time!
The best part of this is you get to do it every 60-90 minutes all summer long. WEEE!
Once you’re all settled in, it’s non-stop fun!
Before we know it, summer break will be over and we can always plan better for next year.