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15 Signs You Might Be Ready For Summer Break To End



1. Your left eye has developed a permanent twitch.

2. Packing the kids up and taking them to the pool for the afternoon has become more work than fun.

3. You’ve started hearing the phrase “But I’m bored” by 10am from multiple kids.

4. When it rains 3 days in a row you’re happy because it means you don’t have to shave your legs for the pool.

5. Your kids have started fighting over stupid stuff- like what to name the cat that we don’t own and won’t be getting.

6. Your 1 nightly cocktail has morphed into multiple shots of straight up liquor.

7. Your house has the perma-stank of many teenage boys because they congregate in your living room to play Xbox for hours every day after playing basketball outside.

8. Your monthly grocery bill has hit 4 digits and your checking account has hit double digits. The two might be related.

9. Your husband comes home and whines “not pasta salad again” because it’s too hot to turn on the oven.

10. You are 1 mosquito bite away from being infected with some deadly disease that will probably turn you into a zombie. 

11. Little Kid Fight Club is starting to sound like a great way to make some quick cash since the kids are fighting anyway.

12. If the temps hit the 100’s one more time you are committed to moving to Alaska. 

13. Your house could be featured on an episode of Hoarders just from the dirty laundry waiting to be washed. 

14. The DVR is out of space because of all the cartoons your kids have figured out how to record.

15. You recently paid each kid $5 to just go spend 30 minutes in their rooms quietly so you could work on getting your left eye to stop twitching. 

 My left eye is still twitching. That was not money well spent. And I’m out of liquor. I think it might be time to call it quits on Summer Break. 


10 Free Or Cheap Ways To Beat The Kid’s Summer Boredom Blues

We’ve reached that point in summer vacation where the kids are getting a little tired of each other. They’ve started fighting more, annoying each other on purpose, and complaining of being bored. The pool is no longer as exciting, they’ve watched every movie we have, they’ve colored all the pages in the new coloring books, and even the sprinkler has lost it’s appeal. Time to break out the big guns.





1. Build a fort. We use blankets and cushions to make a multi-level fort so each kid has their own space. It’s a great way to encourage quiet time without fighting the naptime battle.



2. Have a treasure hunt. For older kids I like to do an alphabet hunt where they search for something that starts with each letter of the alphabet. For the little ones I use pictures of items for them to find. It’s at least an hour of fun and giggles!



3. Make your own photo booth. Find old dress up costumes and props, hang up a bright colored sheet, use an old frame from a large picture. Be creative and watch your kids spend the next few hours posing for pictures.



4. Make water balloon pinatas out of large water balloons and hang them from the jungle gym. Fill a few of the balloons with a little prize.



5. Make giant bubbles in a baby pool.



6.Make felt faces. I stock up on felt pieces, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes through the year so I can whip them out when the summer boredom sets in. The kids love trying to make their own faces out of felt.



7. Have a backyard movie night. Invite the neighborhood kids and make it a family event. Buy the boxes of $1 candy from The Wal*Mart and divide popcorn up in little paper bags. Ask each person to bring a beach towel to sit on.



8. Make a shaving cream slip ‘n’ slide. Place a cheap vinyl tablecloth at the end of a slide and cover both with shaving cream! We use the slide attached to our playground set. It’s perfect for our yard- we can’t have a traditional slip ‘n’ slide because of the bumps and hills.



9. Freeze small toys in a tub of water. When it’s frozen, dump the big ice cube out on a trash bag and let the kids chip away at it with plastic spoons and forks to claim their prizes!



10. Make ice cream in a bag- always a crowd pleaser and easy enough for the toddlers to help! Take 1/2 cup half & half, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and 2.5 teaspoon of sugar and combine in a tightly sealed sandwich size ziploc bag, pressing the air out as you seal. Place that bag inside another sealed sandwich size gallon bag. Then fill a gallon size ziploc bag half-way full of ice cubes, and mix with 6 tablespoons of coarse kosher salt. Put the sealed sandwich size bag into the middle of the ice and seal the larger bag. You need to shake the bag for 5-10 minutes until the ice cream forms. Make it into a game, toss the bag back and forth, see who can shake it the fastest or the hardest. When it’s done, enjoy an icy treat!



So there you go. 10 Pinterest-inspired free or cheap ways to beat the summer boredom blues! Your kids will love it and the lack of whining and fighting will be it’s own reward!



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