Monday, June 13, 2016

Why I Won't Be Entertaining My Kids During Summer Break

Summer break is here. I currently stay at home with my two kids. They do get bored. But I don't plan on entertaining them on a daily basis. I was talking to one mother who said she had an activity planned each day or the week or else "her kids would drive her bonkers." My kids can drive me bonkers too, but guess what? They're old enough to entertain themselves. I might plan something now and again but for the most part, we're spending the summer at home.








1. There's this magical place called "outside." Vitamin D lives there. Go play.


2. Don't you have devices to mess around with? You know, the ones you "had" to have for Christmas? Go watch a video on YouTube and learn about something.


3. Um, your room is filled with these things called TOYS. The teenager, not so much. The tween? Yes. Barbies. Shopkins. Dolls. Pick something.


4. The house is filled with books. Read one. Go on an adventure.


5. There are board games crammed in various closets. Maybe I'll play with you. Maybe I won't. Ask your brother/sister. Ask the cat.


6. Watch TV. I know the experts say not to, but I'm saying it's fine. No one in the family is obese. We're good.


7. Something can always be cleaned. Bored? Here's some Windex. Go scrub the windows. Thanks.


8. Mommy doesn't like many other people. She's an introvert so no, she won't be taking you to the trampoline place. Go bounce on your bed for a bit.


9. Follow this realistic summer bucket list please:




Look, we'll go some places. We'll see some movies. We'll go to some parks. We'll check out some museums. Maybe we'll bowl. But it won't be an everyday thing. We just bought a house so funds are limited. My parents live about 45 minutes away so the kids will get pool time once in a while:



But most days? We'll be at home.


55 comments:

  1. HAHA I love this! I can't do things with my kids every day. Who even WANTS to do that?! 1) It's expensive and 2) Even the kids wouldn't want to go out every single day. We'll visit parks and a museum, maybe see a movie. My grandparents have a pool on site where they live and to be honest, I'd rather read haha. GREAT POST!

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  2. Haha this is awesome! #1 is the best!

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  3. Lmao. Vitamin D.
    My mom was same! She had her own business so guess where I spent summer? In front of a tv in the lounge! And when I got older, she put me to work! Ugh! Lol

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  4. lol number 7 was my moms favorite. Always cured my boredom right away.

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  5. Ugh, #7 always got me. "Nevermind, Mom, I'm actually not bored... I uhh found something to do that I hadn't thought of two minutes ago!"

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  6. Haha! This is hilarious. I'm glad to see some realness on the internet about kids and summers. The realistic bucket list is my favorite.

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  7. That realistic bucket list is awesome.

    We often go to the pool in the summer- because we've figured out when to go when it's not crowded. We will bowl some (kids bowl free- yay!), a movie or two, some other outings... but I definitely don't feel like I have to keep them going and entertained all the time. And if we're home: they're on their own. Figure out what to do that doesn't drive me bonkers.

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  8. LOL---realistic summer bucket list! LOVE it! I totally believe in kids being self-entertaining too. I'm definitely not on the entertainment committee here either.

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  9. Good stuff! It's important to have down time and to be ok entertaining yourself. I think your kids will have good summer :)

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  10. I am so down with this plan. I only plan to be out of the house once, maybe twice a week --- and that doesn't include beach trips because the beach is only 10 minutes away and mama LOVES the beach. So that's a win for me. All other spaces and places shall be limited as per my tolerance level. This is why I love camping... no one bothers you and they swim ALL day and fall asleep 10 minutes after the bonfire is lit. Yes kiddos, stare into the flames. ha.

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  11. I'm so down with you! It's a valuable lesson to learn as well, how to be more independent! I used to love summer as kid, aside from swim practice, we'd run around with the other kids creating forts and picking wild raspberries. I miss those days!!

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  12. Abso-freaking-lutely! I was not put on this earth to entertain you.

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  13. Go bounce on your bed...hilarious! My kids are younger, but I still am not providing constant entertainment for them everyday. We don't have that much extra money, and I've still got the same things to do, such as housework, blog work, and non-kid related things.

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  14. AMEN. My oldest is really good at entertaining herself right now. Thank heavens. I've never been and probably never will be the mom that does a bunch of fun things every day of the week. A few days? Sure... but not every!

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  15. I wish I could do this too! Actually my kids are getting so much better at entertaining themselves. But they still like me to take them "fun" places every day.

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  16. This would totally be my plan if I were home. It's pretty much what we do on evenings and weekends anyway. We go a few places, but for the most part, I'm not trying to stress out about things.

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  17. A good old-fashioned summer. With the exception of camps and trips - family to Cape Cod, just the two of us to Alaska, just me to NYC - we shall have some lazy days of self-entertaining!

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  18. Oh my God! This made my night! I can't stop laughing! I work all summer so it doesn't make a difference to me. But my mother in law will get a kick out of this! I love #7 about the windex! I don't think I'd trust Emily with it yet but she definitely can help with cleaning

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  19. I completely agree! It is there time to relax as well.

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  20. Yessssss. Thank you for this post. I was never entertained for during summer break, so I don't understand why parents feel the need to put on a show every single day for their kids...

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  21. Yessssss. Thank you for this post. I was never entertained for during summer break, so I don't understand why parents feel the need to put on a show every single day for their kids...

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  22. I love this. I won't (and didn't) entertain my kid for the summer. He had a list of things to do just like your kids. Play outside. Take the dog. We did special things like the beach or the amusement park once during the summer but for the most part, we were at home.

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  23. I hear ya. I have some stuff planned, but not every minute of every day. They can go outside and play like I did when I was a kid.

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  24. So many kids seem interested to be glued to phones or tablets, fresh air never hurt anyone!

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  25. Yes, Amber! I was left to my own devices during break, but I remember having a few kids my age who's parents planned every single day for them.. It seemed a little too "micro-manage-y" to me. I'd usually go outside and play, but on the occasion I followed mum around complaining I was bored, she'd tell me to clean my room, after which I swiftly found something to entertain myself haha.

    Christie's Take on Life. xx

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  26. this was so entraining and totally loved this. I was never entertained for during summer break, my mom just expected us to be kids. LOL.

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  27. This is super hilarious. Looks like you'll have an amazing summer time with your kids..enjoy!

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  28. We sent our kid to a martial arts school on her summer vacation. She enjoys it too much that she's going to continue doing it for the rest of the year or so.

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  29. "Ask the cat." Hahahaha! You are one wonderful mom, and I'm sure your kids will have an awesome summer even without daily trips to somewhere else.

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  30. Omg how hilarious! Vitamin D us definately a must have so I guess the play ground will be the entertainment destination for most of the time.loved thus post

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  32. Hilarious this is! Taking care of children and being with them is fine but eventually they need to learn to enjoy their own company. Amazing post , also you've given so many ideas which children can do without their mother. All the ways to enjoy summer vacations given in the post are safe and fun.

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  33. Loved this post! Kids need to understand that entertaining them cannot be a daily affair once they have attained a certain age! Loved all the points & hopefully I too come in this age bracket soon.. My kid is 2.8years old & I have no option other than entertaining him;)

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  34. I do believe I'm going to channel you for the rest of the summer. My grandkids are a handful at times and I hear I'm bored more than anything. Despite having tons to do here.

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  35. This is so hilarious I couldn't stop laughing. I like #7 & #9 the most. I'm introvert too so I'll be borrowing this tip when summer gets too long. Thanks Amber!

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  36. Haha Magical place yes it is. You're an awesome mother of awesome kids. It's valuable lesson for kids as well.

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  37. My girls are 2 and 5 so I gotta keep them busy or else they go crazy. But entertaining them is as simple as letting them go outside and run around until they get tired. We do have a family trip to Universal Studios planned for my daughters birthday though! :)

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  38. I think its unrealistic to go somewhere everyday. They need to learn to entertain themselves

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  39. I think kids are over scheduled these days. They need time to just be a kid. Getting bored can be a good thing. Kids need to learn how to entertain themselves.

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  40. Yes! I love how you tell it like it is! You are completely right, plus what happened to going outside and playing? Love you posts, you always make me chuckle :)

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  41. I had fun reading this post! These days there are so many things available to keep kids, tweens and teens occupied!

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  42. Such great list on what things can be done by the kids. I love how you give them the independence and at the same time responsibility while they are enjoying. - ANOSA

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  43. Vitamin D is a great thing. And this is a great list. It gives your kids all kinds of opportunities to be creative in their lives. That's important I think.

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  44. I love the scrubbing part. This way vacations can be fun for you as well.

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  45. I remember as a kid if the sun was out, so were we! I second not constantly entertaining kids during the summer!

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  46. Hahaha this list cracked me up. I love your perspective and how they simple things can actually make a difference, especially spending time in the sun and playing outdoors.

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  47. This is so great. I remember when I was a nannying full time and the parents wanted the kids and I to go out EVERY day. I was literally so exhausted and the kids were over it within like 2 weeks.

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  48. This is great! I especially like the outdoors idea since kids these days seem to only get outdoor time when in school from my experience. Vitamin D will be good for them :)

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  49. There's too much pressure that we give to ourselves during summer vacation, I don't think it's fair. We go on a trip for 2 weeks tops and that's the whole plan for the summer. Other than that, we stay at home.

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  50. This is so funny!I do understand where you are coming from. You need not plan daily activities for them, especially since they are big enough to entertain themselves.

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  51. LOL! This post is so funny! I don't have kids of my own but can totally understand where you're coming from. Sometimes kids like it when they can just entertain themselves though -- I know I did when I was younger! I actually enjoyed doing my own thing rather than having my parents plan everything out for me especially during my summer breaks :) xo, sharon

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  52. I dont remember my Mom entertained us during summer break, because she knows we can entertain ourselves :) Summer is great coz its the time we bond together as family.. Even just doing nothing.

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  53. Hahaha! I haven't stopped laughing at this post... written and spoken like a true mom.

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  54. this content is so funny reminds me of my childhood. You will save money doing that!

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