Beach, pool, library, mini-golf. Here’s another thing to add to your summer list: make the kids do stuff. Like seriously. As much stuff as they possibly can. Even if you have them take out the trash, empty the dishwasher, help with the laundry, pick up their rooms, and make their beds ALL ON THE SAME DAY, they still have 23.5 hours to play, YouTube, swim, goof off, rest, eat all the snacks, and argue with each other. I mean, it won’t kill them to lighten your load a little bi
Let’s be clear. I believe Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day and the like are all Hallmark Holidays. Do I think it’s nice to recognize people for their contributions to our family and our general livelihood and happiness? Yes, of course. Do I think we should do it because there is a day on the calendar labeled "Father’s Day” and because there is a sale on tires and neckties? Nope. These are holidays encouraged by retailers to sell greeting cards etc. and fortunately,
It’s summertime, and moms need a break too. No homework and far fewer organized activities help. Encouraging kids to do just a bit more for themselves, now that the stress of the school year is at bay for a few months, also helps. Call it fostering their independence or protecting your own sanity, but if you follow along with this script, you can have the summer you’ve always dreamed of. My wingmom, who turns into SummerMom in June, swears by this regiment.
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This is it. The end of whatever year you’re in. January 1 is for empty nesters (those that have not yet built their nests, and those who have moved the chicks on out!), but the rest of us know the truth: the end of the school year is the end, and the new year starts when school does. Now, we are in the hiatus. School ending, but not yet starting, which leaves us with a few glorious months of not having to check backpacks or get heartbreaking text messages about school struggl