Oh summer dear friend, we meet again.
I love you. I really really do.
But then there’s that other part.
The part where you are no longer a kid but you are responsible for keeping your own kids alive part.
The part where those little angels “need” to eat approximately every seven minutes (and they tell you just as often that there is absolutely nothing to eat in this house), they use every single cup imaginable in the house because why would anyone chose to reuse the same cup for water in the same hour, and somehow they think that I have won the lottery (I too wish that were true kids).
The other day I had to show a few houses and I received approximately fourteen texts in a short amount of time, none of which stated that there was any type of true emergency. Nope it was more of an entertaining highlight reel of letting me know that a sibling was bothering them and also to let me know that there wasn’t any food in the house even though I specifically told them exactly what/where/how long you heat up the said non-existent food.
These kids would not last one hour on Survivor.
And here’s the real kicker: this was only JUNE 2ND. School here gets out on the 14th.
SUMMER HAS NOT EVEN STARTED YET.
Godspeed teachers. Godspeed.
So I decided to put together a little list of “Before You Tell Me You’re Bored” guide for them so they will hopefully be reminded that I am actually not their personal jester/ATM/uber driver/chef/maid. Okay so I am pretty much. But not the jester; I have to draw the line somewhere. Either way, don’t you even say that you are bored kids.
Here is what to do instead:
1. Go outside. It is summer. This is a necessary ingredient to childhood.
2. Clean something. Anything. Everything. Start with ALL OF THE CUPS.
3. Read. I pay fees to the library like it is our own personal Barnes and Noble. They should probably name a wing there after us. Please, please children by all that is holy, OPEN THE BOOKS. READ THE BOOKS. Just don’t lose the books like every summer for the last decade.
4. Netflix. Do you have any idea how lucky you are to have this? We owned four VHS tapes when we were kids and one of them was the Chicago Bears Superbowl Shuffle.
5. Create something. You know what would be great to do with all of the neglected art supplies in our house? USE THEM. Pick them up. Color. Draw. Write. There is no one telling you what you have to create so this is your time to use the thing that is the greatest gift to childhood- no not Netflix (that’s definitely in the running though), but your beautiful imagination. Use it don’t lose it loves.
6. Pick something. Grow something. Walk something. Nature. Go.
7. Play a game. Make one up. Play an 8-hour round of Monopoly (I’ll sit that one out thanks). Learn to count cards in Blackjack. It doesn’t matter. Any game that doesn’t involve anyone ending up bleeding or crying or both is okay in my book. At the risk of you calling me strict, I have to tell you that Fight Club is out.
8. Laundry. You know I love you more than life itself but I’m not going to lie, I will find a way to love you a little extra if you fold clothes. Put them away and get bonus points. I’m not going to name my favorite children, you are all my favorites but I think we all know that I’m keeping a tally in my head and laundry is the ticket there.
9. Ride your bike. Practice what you love. Play. Dance. Laugh. Run. Eat popsicles. Make s’mores. Be barefoot. Drink out of the hose. Daydream.
BE A KID.
The world is beautiful and summers are short. So don’t waste it by saying you are bored or there is a 100% chance that I will give you a chore to do (please reference #2 and #8).
Happy summer everyone. And for those of us who haven’t started it yet, Godspeed.
Katie has a new book out that is a collection of quotes and mic drops to embrace your inner warrior. “Girl Power” is available now on Amazon and is the perfect gift for all the warriors in your world. You can find out more details and book signing info on her instagram @katieyackleymoore. Endless thanks for reading. Xo
Katie Yackley Moore is a freelance writer, real estate agent, yoga instructor and a momma of four navigating life and a separation and finding herself in the process. She adores coffee shops, laughing until it hurts and impromptu dance parties. Her work has appeared on Scary Mommy, Mamalode and HuffPost Parents. She has published a journal entitled “Dream a Bigger Dream” and the children’s books “You Are a Warrior” and “We are Family” and just finished her first novel. Catch up with her between tea breaks at The Naked Momma and on Facebook.