Any other moms out there tired of summer already?

Temper - posted on 06/16/2011 ( 41 moms have responded )

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I love sleeping in ...when I get the chance of not being woken up by yelling from downstairs between my 2 boys arguing about what cartoon to watch. I love not having anywhere to be at a specific time. What I am over is the quick boredom that comes along with summer, the constant hunger ESPECIALLY my 9 year old!! and the bickering...the rough housing!! Oh lord. I am ready for some quiet time. They drive me nuts & my quiet me time is when they are asleep! Then there's the hubby asking me to rub his feet/back so he can fall asleep!! I have 3 boys & I need some quiet girl time!!!!

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Julie - posted on 06/27/2011

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I read a great idea in a parenting magazine - it's a rotating "summer camp" at other parents' homes. Everyone takes a turn taking all the kids for the day. That way everyone gets a break! You could try to do it with some neighbors so there is no driving involved. Some of the parents did theme days, like one did a pirate day & all the kids made hats & pirate crafts & ate pirate snacks. We also work on school skills to keep the cobwebs out & the summer reading program through the library is good if you have readers...books usually aren't due back for 3 weeks. The internet is FULL of mind-boggling search results for craft ideas, coloring pages, educational games, etc. Also thinking about typing out a daily schedule & sticking to it! My hubby bought a cheap, rather large blow-up pool for $15. The dollar store usually has sidewalk chalk, bubbles, coloring books & other outdoor toys. And to answer your question, yes I'm tired of summer already! LOL Oh the fighting and the "I'm bored"

Lynn - posted on 06/27/2011

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I have my kids practice their "school skills" over the summer. Here are some web sites that my kids' teachers have recommended: www.iknowthat.com
www.mathfactscafe.com superteacherworksheets.com www.brainpopjr.com www.pbskids.org and
www.spellingcity.com (with that one, you have to use spelling lists that teachers add. If your school doesn't use it, you can use my school's lists. It's under CTA Independence. If he's going into 5th grade, look under "Askins" and if he's going into 4th grade, look under "Littley." They can play hangman, word searches, etc with the spelling words.) Is there any way you could drop your husband off at work a day or two each week, so you could use the car while he's at work? You could find out if your public library has a summer reading program. Ours has a program where the kids read every day and you add a sticker to their chart and they get cute little prizes once a week. (it's for preschoolers on up). After the chart is all filled in, we get a free ticket to a major league baseball game. Top level, cheap seats, but it is free. Barnes and Noble usually has a reading program, too. Netflix has really helped my kids to stay busy. They play sports year round, so I don't mind if they watch some extra t.v. over the summer. They've really had fun choosing from the thousands of movies, and it's only $10 per month. You could look into your local YMCA or Boys and Girls Club for inexpensive sports and swimming lessons, some may be in the evenings or weekends. Is there a park within walking distance? You could go on a picnic, bring frisbees, jump ropes, soccer ball, or just board or card games. You could play "I spy", "the license plate game", or count blue cars. If there's a shopping center close by, you could walk or bike to get an ice cream, donut or lunch for a special treat if they behave. My kids love play-doh, and you can make your own "gak" (corn startch and water). (I have a recipe for homemade play-doh if you want it). If you put shaving cream or pudding on a cookie sheet, kids love to play with it.
I have a home preschool, so I'm limited on going places, too.

Glenda - posted on 06/28/2011

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I feel your pain, but I have 2 boys 16 and 9, and my problem is a teenager who doesnt really engage his little brother, he is going through the "all about me" syndrome!! so I have to plan activities for the little one. My husband is tired after working all day, and so thats his tv time, (big help)!! I work part time too, so try and enjoy the special moments, and realize that they wont be little long, one day you will wake up to a quiet house, and long for those little voices yelling at each other. Hope this helps, glenda

Sherri - posted on 06/26/2011

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Well that is good news that it is swimmers ear. Well not for the pain but to know that it wasn't for lack of maintaining the pool to help avoid getting it again when you go swimming again, after your done dip a Q Tip in rubbing alcohol and rub it inside of your ear it help dry up any left over water that may be sitting in there. I had to do that as a teen and really helped eliminate getting swimmers ear.

I will try and think of some neat ideas to help your kiddos pass the time that may help them keep busy and will be something new and different. What are their ages?

Temper - posted on 06/26/2011

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Obviously we all love our children. A vast majority of mothers dread dealing with what to fill the day with. I'm not sure about the other moms who posted on my thread but I share a vehicle with my husband. That makes it especially difficult for me to plan activities for us. We have a ways to go before school starts & I would love to take them on vacation or something awesome that they would love BUT we are not finacially ready for that. They read, watch movies, play chess, paint, draw & create with legos & connects, swim & play with friends & even they are bored. If you want to play the part of pretending that you are never overwhelmed or at wits end, that is fine. I will continue to love my children even when they are driving me up the wall. This is a safe place to vent about feeling overwhelmed in motherhood & to get positive feedback from other mothers so that we can read something encouraging & go back to being wonderful moms again. You must be a working mother so I can understand why you especially appreciate summer. I have devoted my years to being a stay at home mother so I enjoy my children every single day. Summer is just that time when I know we are all going to get a little bored with being stuck with each other all the live long day. Once we can make a vacation plan next year, I may be singing a different tune.

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Jane - posted on 07/21/2011

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how about suggesting fishing with all of you, its free, and its entertaining and you can camp outdoors too. are you depressed? or have sleep apnia, is that why you are tired? play games with the kids turn the tv off and place the sofa on a nangle towards the wall and place a blanket over so that it covers the erntrance and put the cushions on the floor and make a tent in the living room, and play cowboys or indians and place a few sandwiches and cups of juice on a "picnic" blanket with their favorite teddies and "camp" out with the boys its fun and disrupts the furniture for a few hours but kids love it. for your girlie time you could get some cream or baby lotion have a bubble bath n then rub the lotion on your feet and face leave it on and pretend your a film star for an hour!! while watchin a comedy. lighten up!! the boys will be grown up in no time graduating and then what? keep these precious memories and stop getting tightened up xx youll get wrinkles xx and yeh hubbies are demanding, but hes only askin you to do that cos hes missed you n needs you xxxx

Jami - posted on 06/30/2011

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In our area the boys/girls club is $15/yr for membership but then the summer programs are up to $300 per kid..I am not working right now and my FI is just bringing in enough to cover the bills! Extras like camp and movies, fun stuff outside of the home are SUPPOSSED to be paid by their dad..who considers cigarettes to be his main priority..so I may sound like a selfish mother but really...I'm doing the best I can with what I have..as mothers we should be respectful/understanding of all of it!! the good and the bad..

don't know if that made any sense but...!!

Sylvia - posted on 06/30/2011

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But ... but school just ended yesterday! LOL

I hate the weather in the summer, but I love the lack of homework nagging, the freedom from schedules of swimming lessons and Hebrew school (DD's) and singing lessons and choir rehearsals (mine), the fact that it isn't dark when we get home from work/school, and all the great running-around-outside time that DD gets at day camp. Now, if only I had a job that also let out in the summer, we could have so much fun ...

Bevely - posted on 06/30/2011

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I love the freedom of summer. The only thing that ties me down during the summer is my job. But on my off days we are going somewhere, movies, library, camping, water park, museums, you name it. The down side is we spend way too much money during the summer compaired to the school year.

Monica - posted on 06/29/2011

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I totally hear you I have 2 little ones at home and feel the need to get out of the house with them to keep them and I entertained and happy . That is the key for us being happy, going for walks, museums, pool, beach, gym, park, etc... great for them and exhausting for me. I enjoy my time with them and enjoy their nap times when I get to relax for a minute.

Julie - posted on 06/28/2011

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Oh I forgot about the Boys & Girls Club! $15 membership for a whole YEAR!! They can go every day from early morning til the evening & they provide breakfast & lunch. In the summer they do field trips & the club has tons of activity rotations all day.

Klara - posted on 06/28/2011

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Does your area have summer sports, library programs, YMCA programs, boys and girls club, boy scouts, summer school, 4H camp, etc..? Might be a chance for your kids to have fun and you get the alone time you need.

Jessie - posted on 06/28/2011

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Agreed! I love spending time with my kids... but they fight and get into all the things they shouldn't when you are not looking, I clean up more messes and stop more fighting during the summer. I wish I could pay for summer camp, but it is not in the cards for us this year. Maybe next year!

Temper - posted on 06/27/2011

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That's what I hear too Shannon!! I tell them, you have things you can do you just don't want to do any of them. That's why your bored. Everyday can't be a chuck e cheese, movie day!

Shannon - posted on 06/27/2011

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I second all of the above. It drives me insane hearing my daughter tell me several times a day she's bord. Ughhhh....

Bridget - posted on 06/27/2011

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No problem :) i know how difficult it is to keep kids busy they get bored. Especially having mine so close together it can get pretty overwhelming because my oldest is ready to go things like go to storytime or to a movie but the baby isn't that is one of my issues is keeping them all happy :)

Temper - posted on 06/27/2011

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I do have them involved in the public library's summer reading club. I sometimes keep my mother's car when she goes to work since she works near me so that I have the ability to get out & do some errands/ fun stuff with the kids. We have a water fountain near the library that is free to play in so that is something we do on those days too. I love the play doh & shaving cream idea, that sounds fun! I do live in walking distance to local stores I just haven't walked with the kids before due to heavy traffic & construction that's been going on for some time now. I realize it doesn't take much to entertain them, just time & imagination & to find pleasure in simple things! I know they will appreciate whatever I can put together. Thanks so much to you guys for your great ideas :)

Bridget - posted on 06/27/2011

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We do school skills over the summer too. Since my oldest child is going into kindergarten i have been working on her letter with her and some other school basics. I have also been doing that with her younger sister who is four (she is going to prek) We also have them enrolled in gymnastics and dance plus the studio they go to has some awesome half day summer camps that they have done. We are also doing the summer reading program on base and one at a public libary. We try to go to the park as much as possible but it gets so hot here so i pretty much have to do alot of indoor activities we have went to see a few movies too. And our movie theater has dollar children's movies every tuesday and thursday. We also go to the pool too when we can.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 06/27/2011

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My 6 year old is doing ok with Summer holiday in BC, but that's only because this week will be not only the first full week of Summer holiday but the first full week she'll have been in BC. I have a 3 month old so no one in the house knows about sleeping in.

Temper - posted on 06/26/2011

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I have 2 boys, who are 5 and 9. My 9 year old is the one who gets bored easily. My 5 year old is content to draw & play games on my cell phone. They both like the games on it cell's but it is just another way they start getting on to each other. I am in a situation where we really are limited as to what we can do to pass time. I'm not the most creative person either. What I would love to do is start collecting craft & scrapbooking materials because they both love little random things to glue & put together. I appreciate you taking time to figure out what kind of activies we could do. If I don't respond back, it's because I've gone to bed. It's late & my pain med for my earache is kicking in. Thanks Sherri :)

Temper - posted on 06/26/2011

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It was diagnosed swimmer's ear. I just assumed it was lack of chlorine. I am open to ideas for what I can do to fill the day with more fun, I guess I should have made a new post asking mother's what they do for fun & activities when they are low on funds & out of a car for the better part of their day. I just felt like venting that night that I posted because it had been a long & tiring day.

Sherri - posted on 06/26/2011

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Sorry didn't realize you were looking for ideas you never asked?

Sure your earache is not swimmers ear? Which wouldn't be from them not maintaining the pool but water staying in your ear and causing an infection?

Temper - posted on 06/26/2011

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I'm not one for drama by any means, not sure why you felt I was being condescending to you. You must be a one heck of a mom. You deserve a pat on the back for being great at what you do. I would of course appreciate ideas. It seemed to me that you would have suggested something earlier on, like in your first post. I haven't done an obstacle course. I sometimes do a scavenger hunt which they do like. Our playground here gets really hot so it's hard to enjoy during the day. The pool is an option EXCEPT that I don't think they are maitaining it as well as they should be. That's the biggest reason we are fresh out ideas. They were hoping to play in that pool everyday, after getting my earache, I'm not too intested in getting back in.

Sherri - posted on 06/26/2011

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Really Temper I am willing to help you find some new ideas but I could live without the condescending response.

Have you tried a homemade obstacle course? It is fun to include them to make it and then fun for them to be able to do it.

Temper - posted on 06/26/2011

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Jami- Hang in there! I know what your going through, especially right now. I'm dealing with the most awful earache I have EVER had. The kids have been behaving so well which makes me happy that they realize when it matters the most, they are quiet & know not to fight. I am running out of ideas but Lynn made some very good suggestions to keep in mind. I appreciate great feedback from other mother's who are feeling what I'm feeling & open me up to new ideas that I wouldn't have thought of unless I made a post to find out how everybody else is spending their days. It can be hard to find something new & exiting. We need all the help we can get! :)

Sherri - posted on 06/26/2011

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Bahaha I am a SAHM Temper with 3 boys 14, 12 and 5 and I do in home daycare to (2) 2 1/2 yr old twins, (2) 6 yr old twins and a 6 yr old little boy. I have kids other than my own from 6:50am till 5:30pm. I never leave my house M-F because I can't fit all the kids in the car. So for the entire summer at least during the work week we are home. So do the math I am home 24/7 5 days a week with 8 kids from the ages of 2 to 14.

I understand kids getting bored and squabbling but dreading summer because you have to spend time with your kids, nope sorry just can't understand that. Even on the worst of the worst of days I can't even fathom about wishing they were in school instead of home.

The question Temper was are you tired of summer already? I answered your question. Sorry if you didn't like my answer. I never judged you and I never said you were wrong, but I also honestly don't understand.

Lynn - posted on 06/26/2011

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We live in AZ and there are some great camps and classes through our city that are inexpensive and keep my kids busy for 1-3 hours, depending on which one. The best, least expensive way to keep them busy is play dates! We invite kids over, and they go to their friends' houses for a few hours, and it really helps. We also go roller skating, ice skating, bowling, to indoor bouncy places, public pools and the public library. Our local newspaper publishes great actitivities for kids that are very inexpensive - sometimes free. I always look for coupons for the circus, for free concerts, discount movie tickets, and restaurant coupons. You could try a day trip to the beach, museum, park, or petting zoo. We're lucky that our summer is only seven weeks long, but it can still seem long on some days. Hope this helps!

Sherri - posted on 06/26/2011

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No, in no way do I enjoy when my kids aren't around. For crying out loud it is a whooping 8-9wks. They are in school for 10months out of the year.

During the school year they leave here at 7:45am and don't return till 4pm. They do homework for 3 hrs and then bed by 9pm so I get to see them for all of 2hrs a day. That is insanity I will never complain about the whooping 9wks that I actually get to spend time with them and enjoy them.

Jami - posted on 06/26/2011

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Heck yes I'm ready for school to start!! I am not working right now and my FI is bringing home just enough to cover the bills. Extras like camp are asked to be paid by my ex who hardly ever helps..I know the kids are bored but I've run out of ideas..

Bridget - posted on 06/20/2011

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I hear ya!! i am so ready for school to start up again. I have three little ones they are five four and two. So one of them will be starting kindergarten next year and the other one prek. I love them to death but they are always bickering back and forth and they are bored all the time. Plus my five year old is super excited about kindergarten and my four year old is excited about prek. So i guess we are all kinda looking forward to the school year. Even though i'm going to miss them during the day i can't believe how fast they are growing up time just goes by to fast :)

Temper - posted on 06/19/2011

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I hear that! I am worried about when school starts cause my husband's hours are so early & weird! It will be hard to adjust once school starts back up since we share a car right now.

Elizabeth - posted on 06/18/2011

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I am i just started a new just that i work less days of the week but more hours a day so now instead of workin 5 days i only work 2 or 3 and my kids are with me more. They used to spend the night at grandmas when i had to work cause i would leave for worka t 3 am and my old man is on call 24/7 now we have them all but the 2 or 3 nights a week that i work cause i still leave for work at 4 but we also have his daughter pretty much full time so i feel like i am ready for school to start

Temper - posted on 06/17/2011

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I do indeed live down south, Texas actually. I'm just happy we have a pool here where I live (townhouse) because other than that...not much of a backyard to let them loose to run around. There is a tennis court & of course we have never purchased any tennis balls & raquets. I swear I'm going to as soon as we can!! I'm so happy to see that other mom's are being equally driven nuts as I am! Tommorow is the day my kiddos are getting scooped up to spend the night with their nana! HALLELUJAH!!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 06/17/2011

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You must live down South. I'm in NY and Summer Holiday doesn't start til the 22nd here. This year is going to be crazy though because we're moving from NY to BC so my older daughter will hopefully be spending the summer playing with new friends in our apartment complex and meeting her new family. I also have to take her to enroll in her new school. Yikes... can I please go hide in the closet now?

Patricia - posted on 06/17/2011

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lol! My boys are having a getting along moment. We are planning a backyard campout tomorrow and they are so excited. I hope their good mood lasts through the weekend!

Shunter - posted on 06/17/2011

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going to the store with just 1 instead of 4 will be nice again!! but i do enjoy when we have good times, and not the rush rush here and there

Patricia - posted on 06/17/2011

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I love my boys...don't get me wrong. But I think this is the worse summer that we have ever had. One minute they are getting along fine the next they are rough housing then that leads to the fighting. Or the constant...what are we going to do today, tomorrow, etc! There is not one place in this house that I can go for 5 minutes of peace without them following me....oh..unless I am cleaning then no one is around! Calgon take me away! lol!

Temper - posted on 06/16/2011

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So true! Mine eat , play, fight eat , play , fight! They deserve some fun after the great year they had but we have been so strapped for cash & are just barely getting back on track. I wish I could take them on a vacation. Camp would be fun except that I would be a wreck to let them go to anybody other than my mother. Thank goodness she is taking them off my hands come Saturday 'til Sunday afternoon! We are SO looking forward to the quiet, calm atmosphere!

Karen - posted on 06/16/2011

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I hear ya! I wish we could afford summer camp. Even just through the day. Mine have been on the go since day 1 of summer. They fight, play, fight, play...and drive me nuts too lol. But when summer ends I will miss them.

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