POSTS WITH TAG: summer survival

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    As a parent, is summer your very favorite time of year? Do you wait with nearly breathless anticipation for the last day of school, and rejoice over the weeks of lazy schedules and 24/7 time with your children?

    If so, this post isn't for you. It's for the moms who find themselves struggling just a teeny, tiny bit during the no-school summer months. The moms who do secret fist pumps when stores start advertising back-to-school specials. The moms who love what summer means to their kids ... but who also know summer isn't a vacation when you're a parent: it's an endurance challenge.

    Here are 10 deliciously cheesy motivational images to help lift our s-s-summertime, summertime sadness.

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    The Internet is bursting with 'summer activities for kids' lists, but I can't help but notice that the vast majority of them involve hours of parental supervision. Or they include suggestions like "Go to the zoo!" I mean, come on, when I'm fully immersed in summer with no end in sight and I've got deadlines and laundry piling up and a kid starts winding around my ankles like a cat whining Mommm I'm booooooored, I don't need an activity that requires me to pack up and get in the car and spend money. I need something my kids can go do by themselves. AWAY FROM MAH FACE.

    Which is why I've put together this list of 50 non-lame summer activities that kids can do on their own. Print it, hand it to your kids, and tell them to skedaddle. Some may require a little prep or materials, but they're perfect for summer in that they're 1) fun, 2) easy, and 3) designed to get the kids outside so you can enjoy a little peace and quiet.

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    Now that summer is fast approaching, most of us are all, "Yay! It's time for lazy days, fun in the sun, and not having to deal with coats and nasty weather for at least a few months!"

    But as awesome as summer is, there's definitely one thing about this season that's a total pain in the ass -- sunscreen.

    Yes, it's essential and we're super shitty parents if we don't put it on our kids every single time we think about heading outdoors. But can I get an "amen" for just how hellish it is to apply sunscreen to a toddler?

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    Let's be honest -- as much fun as it can be to take a road trip with the kids (after you arrive at your destination, of course), odds are good one or more of your little ones will break down at some point during the trip out of boredom or pure annoyance.

    And since listening to whining, crying, and carrying on in general is just about the most deafening sound a parent can hear in the car -- it's imperative for you to make sure to bring along a road trip survival kit of sorts to prevent your kiddo from ever reaching the point of no return.

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    I recently realized just how much I miss being a child during the summer ... and how lucky my kid is to still BE one. You don't have to be a little kid to love the summer months, but it doesn't hurt. The days and weeks spread before them, full of fun to be had.

    And it's up to us parents to make sure they have it all. Remember the incredible memories you made as a kid getting up to hijinks during the summer? Don't you want your child to have those memories too?

    If your child hasn't done at least a few things on this list, it's time to get cracking:

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    Swim Diapers or No Swim Diapers?

    posted by Sarah Bernard July 26, 2013 at 3:37 PM in Toddler
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    When my twin daughters were 4 months old, a friend gave us these amazing one-piece bathing suits covered in hot pink sparkles.

    I couldn't wait to get the girls in them. They looked awesome with the sparkles highlighting their little bellies.

    Then I remembered ... swim diapers!

    I couldn't exactly put infants in warm pool water without them. Clearly, they could not be trusted to not pee. But when I slipped the suits on them again and the high-cut sides revealed Nemo-covered diaper instead of chubby legs, well, the look was not the same.

    Honestly, I don't think we ever wore them. Swim diapers and sun screen were hassle enough. Not long after, we visited a friend's pool and I was surprised to see they kept it even more minimal.

    Their kids' swimsuit repertoire? Nothing at all.

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    We just returned from our annual pilgrimage to Holiday World, an amusement park in Santa Claus, Indiana. And yes. It was every bit as weird and wonderful as it sounds.

    Each time we go, we learn something new about how to make our experience better the next time around. And you know I'm not going to keep that information to myself. I went to a true expert to learn 10 secrets that will make your next family amusement park trip even better.

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    There comes a time every summer when bored kids start to get a little fidgety. The heat is kicking in, they start to bicker more, and those dreaded two words are uttered repeatedly, "We're bored!"

    Luckily for them, I happen to get all my great ideas from Pinterest and I saw that noodle race tracks are all the rage for bored kids. I loved the idea of the noodle race tracks because we already had pool noodles, both boys and girls could have fun with this activity, and most importantly, it was an inexpensive craft!

    But would it really work?

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    The death of our dishwasher also marked the death of a summer vacation for my family. We won't be going anywhere this summer because we just can't afford it. At least, my husband and I won't be going anywhere. We're sending our child on her own vacation.

    It's something we've talked about doing a few times over the years but somehow never got off the ground. But now that she's 8 years old, we've decided it's time.

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    This post needs to be filed in the crevices of my mind where repressed memories are stored and then covered up by something to obsess about, like my cellulite, or the wrinkles on my face that multiply faster then the Duggar family.

    Maybe I could slide this memory somewhere between my talent show version of Gonna Dress You up In My Love and my entire 7th grade year.  Well, here goes...

    Recently at a baseball game, a mom friend and I were having a bout of witty banter that went terribly horribly irrefutably awry...

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