Childrearing

10 Reasons Why I Can’t Wait For The School Year To Be Over

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school out School is out for the summer in my neck of the woods on Friday, and I cannot wait. Not because I’m excited about spending time with my kids this summer, but because there are ten things I will no longer have to do once school is out. Until next year. Sad face.

1: Making Stupid Lunches 

Making healthy lunches for kids is a total pain in the ass, especially when making them for multiple children who all want different things and you have to come up with new ideas and ugh, I hate hate hate making lunches. In the summer I can just hand my kids a hot dog and be done with it.

 2: Planning Outfits 

My kids are all old enough to pick out their own clothing but I still have to make sure they aren’t wearing something awful to school. Or like wedding attire on a Monday. Or something stained. Plus, even though they help with laundry I still have to deal with it and ugh, they can be naked in summer I do not care.

3: Checking Homework 

The worst.

4: Helping With School Projects 

The other worst.

5: Getting Them To The Bus On Time  

Our school bus comes at different times every morning, so we need a ten minute window for this. If we are ever two seconds late it’s over.

6: Dealing With Extracurriculars 

The school year means your kids will want to play sports and join clubs and groups which basically means more work for you.

7: Having Playdates 

In the summer, it’s easier to dodge all the stupid kids that your stupid kid wants to hang out with. You usually only have to deal with the kids who live in your ‘hood, unless your kid actually promises some kid to stay in touch over the summer.

 8: Stupid School Fundraisers 

I hate school fundraisers with the heat of a thousand suns and I’m so happy to take a few month break from shilling stupid candles or tacky wrapping paper for my kids.

9: Dealing With Jerk Kids 

I have had a rough year with my kids and dealing with some not very nice kids so it will be nice to take a break from dealing with a kid coming home in tears or getting all upset over something stupid someone said to them.

10:  Feeling Bad For Teachers 

I know it’s their job and all but I always feel bad for teachers. I know I could be a more involved parent and be more active in my child’s education, plus I hate the fact that on some days one of my kids may be making an educator’s job more difficult than it needs to be. I know my kids are well behaved, I don’t get complaints, but I also know they are just as annoying as any other kid can be. I’m happy my kid’s teachers get a break from my kids, at least for a few weeks over the summer.

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46 Comments

  1. keelhaulrose

    June 5, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    My daughter’s last day is today, and I’m already looking forward to August when she goes back. She gets a little crazy without something to do for more than a couple days, and the school district provides transportation summer activities do not.
    Actually, I’m looking forward to Little One’s birthday in September because she starts at our district’s early childhood center that day, and they bus, so I’ll have three and a half glorious hours in the mornings where I can go to the store or workout or something without children. Can’t wait!

    • LadyClodia

      June 5, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      I’m a little jealous. I have to wait another year before my toddler can start preschool. Our district doesn’t have early childhood classes or preschool; they had that where we used to live in OH, but no school district around Pittsburgh has it that I know of. So when he does go it will have to be to a private preschool, and that’s a headache trying to find a good one.

    • keelhaulrose

      June 5, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Illinois mandates that children with special needs receive free public education from three to 21 (if needed). So on her third birthday they’re going to send the ECE-only bus to our house and pick her cute little bottom up. I’m really excited because it’s going to be a great opportunity for her, with therapy everyday and a program that really focuses on getting her to talk and caught up with her peers. I loved the private preschool I sent Big One to, but it just doesn’t offer that level of support (plus I doubt I’ll get her potty trained by early September) so since I have the ECE available I’m going to use the hell out of that resource. Knock on wood it’ll mean she can be mainstreamed when she goes to kindergarten!

    • LadyClodia

      June 5, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Oh, that’s great! My friend in OH had her twins in a program like that. They had 2 years of preschool before they started kindergarten because they were special needs, but all kids in the district got one year of preschool.

    • simoneutecht

      June 5, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      My little Popa who is on the spectrum had the luck of getting free private preschool as mandated by the city of New York. Now he’s in kindergarten but I signed him up for free summer school to keep him on his schedule and to make sure he doesn’t fall behind, plus mommy can use the time. It’s not mandatory once you sign up so if we decide to take a quick trip it’s no big whoop. As they are sticklers for absenteeism during the school year as they should be, but I’m rambling and boys is included. Ok I’m done 😉

  2. Megan Zander

    June 5, 2014 at 1:12 pm

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    • Eve Vawter

      June 5, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      #itoldbethanythismorningIloveusingsuperlonghastagsthatmakenosensetoastdontcare

  3. Guest

    June 5, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I just hate in the summer when there are effing kids everywhere. I don’t care if that makes me a crochety old woman in my 20’s. Damn kids riding their bikes in the streets like a bunch of hooligans.

    • Eve Vawter

      June 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      #crotchetyoldwomen4ever

    • momjones

      June 5, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      #plus5forusingbunchofhooligansandbeing20yrsold

    • Sara610

      June 5, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      *shakes cane* GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!!

    • Arlene Erickson

      June 5, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      My older son is an 8ish kid, but he’ll fix his own breakfast and watch cartoons. #BlessedForRealz

    • Guest

      June 5, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Literally, right after I posted this, I went out on lunch and on my way back there were kids riding their bikes and walking on the sidewalk, in the oncoming traffic lane, the median, and the lane that I was in but riding slowly so all the cars had to brake and switch lanes. Damn kids!!

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      June 5, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      I yell at them. But then, I’m a teacher, and I can get away with that shit with “teacher bitch face.”

    • SarahJesness

      June 5, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Tell me about it. Great thing about being in college, I can go out in the middle of a weekday and there aren’t a lot of people. Kids are gonna be all ruinin’ my movie theater and zoo trips. *shakes fist*

    • Leia

      June 6, 2014 at 12:59 am

      Same reason I avoid going to the movies during school holidays!

    • Liz

      June 6, 2014 at 1:53 am

      This. So much this. I am only 21. But seriously. Seriously. I can’t even. I will not stop acting like a crotchety old woman in regards to children until they can get off my lawn and stop behaving like little ruffians.

      http://media.tumblr.com/c5d1406051958323678d3a4ed1494883/tumblr_inline_mpspytKzM71qz4rgp.jpg

  4. AP

    June 5, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I hit the jackpot of difficult teachers in elementary/middle school (you know, the kind who think 5 year olds can and should sit rock-still for six hours straight, or the kind who think the victim is provoking the bully by not wearing designer clothes,) and my mom was always glad to be done with school so she didn’t have to deal with the teachers any more.

    • keelhaulrose

      June 5, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Holy crap those teachers sound suck-tastic.
      I’ve never really had a bad teacher, but my husband’s kindergarten/first grade teacher effed him up for life (I’m not joking) by hitting his hand every time he tried to write left-handed and telling him he had to write with his right hand because “right hand of God”. To this day his handwriting is atrocious with either hand. The same teacher is the one who taught him that the rhyme goes “eenie, meanie, miney, mo, catch a n–ger by the toe”.

    • itpainsme2say

      June 5, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      oh racist teachers aren’t they THE BEST #sarcasmtohidemyadolescentpain

  5. guest

    June 5, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I am NOT looking forward to school being out because I like taking my 14 month old to the playground without having to dodge careening older kids, so we have tended to go during the school day and not as much after school hours or on the weekends. The careening older kids are actually MOSTLY really impressively considerate and careful about littler kids, but it still terrifies the living crap out of me.

  6. LadyClodia

    June 5, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Nope, I can’t wait for school to start up again. My preschooler has been out of school for 2 weeks now, and it seems like this has been pretty much the state of things between him and the toddler:

    http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m5we47N45T1r9s0se.gif

    • keelhaulrose

      June 5, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      That is pretty much my kids, too. I’m so looking forward to full-day classes because these mornings (and the morning therapies) are the biggest breeding ground for sibling rivalry.
      This morning they non-verbally divided up the couch, and would start screeching the moment the other invaded ‘their’ space with a toy. My oldest one is six *sigh*

    • LadyClodia

      June 5, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Mine are 5 1/2 and 2 1/2 and it seems like they always have to be in each other’s space especially when the other wants to be left alone. And even with the age difference they’re rather disturbingly matched when they do fight.

    • LadyClodia

      June 5, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      This is them on Mother’s Day before Ragnarok erupted in our house.

    • Valerie

      June 5, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      They are soooo cute!!!!

  7. JenH1986

    June 5, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I love summer for lots of reasons, but my favorite? I don’t get stuck behind a gazillion school buses trying to get to work! WOOO!

    • val97

      June 6, 2014 at 8:46 am

      My commute goes by about 100 schools and one university. In the summer there is virtually no traffic. Bliss.

    • JenH1986

      June 6, 2014 at 8:50 am

      There are a ton of schools on my commute and there are no less than 5 Universities or Colleges on all 4 possible highways…it’s a nightmare. Summer? I can leave 15 minutes later and still be to work on time. I love it.

  8. C.J.

    June 5, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I hate making lunches and getting up early!! We don’t finish school until the end of the month and I can’t wait. My kids are old enough that they help with lunch making but I still hate it. I kinda like having them home too. Not that I see a whole lot of them even when they are home but it is nice to have someone else around.

  9. Kay_Sue

    June 5, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    MINE IS OVER. WOOT WOOT.

    I get to sleep in tomorrow. Well, I get to sleep until the kids wake me up instead of waking them up like most mornings….

    • LadyClodia

      June 5, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      My toddler wakes up at 6:30 every morning. He is the only morning person in our house, but everyone else has to get up because of him.

    • Kay_Sue

      June 5, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      My youngest, who’s 3, is not a morning person. He will, if not interrupted, sleep until 8:30 or 9. My older son is an 8ish kid, but he’ll fix his own breakfast and watch cartoons. #BlessedForRealz

    • keelhaulrose

      June 5, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      Can we switch kids? I swear mine are adorable. Maybe just for a week?

    • Kay_Sue

      June 5, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      Definitely not. I do know when I have it made. 😛

      He takes after my husband and sleeps like the friggin’ dead.

  10. Valerie

    June 5, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I am soooo tired of the homework. I feel like it monopolizes our evenings. And she’s only in 1st grade.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      June 5, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Eh, just glance at it when they’re done and call it a day. It should only inconvenience the kid, not you. And it doesn’t necessarily build each year….2nd grade was my kid’s big homework year, 3rd and 4th not so much.

    • Valerie

      June 5, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Just monitoring her is a pain in my ass because she’s very smart but sooo easily distracted. Her attention span is the only area where I really feel the fact that she’s the youngest one in her class with her fall birthday. She’s nearly in 2nd grade but still very much the 6 year old!!

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      June 5, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      When mine was in 2nd she got a ton of homework and I spent half the freaking time arguing with her about just getting it out and starting and not whining. Finally, I just offered her an hour later bedtime on Friday nights if she put her planner on the dinner table each night for me to sign and did all her work without bitching. (She was *always* trying to scam me for later bedtimes, so this was her dream come true). I seriously have not had to nag her since.

      Uncertain if a bribe would help with attention span, but she may be able to eventually learn to stay on task with a bribe. Also, my teacher friends recommend switching subjects every 20 min. for the ones with short attention spans and coming back to it.

    • Valerie

      June 5, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Bribing sometimes helps but it’s like she doesn’t even know she’s doing it. So frustrating!! Hoping it improves with age!

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      June 5, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Borrowing an idea from the other article: wake her up when she’s a fifth grader 🙂

    • Valerie

      June 5, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      Hahahaha.

  11. Sophia Bennit

    June 5, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I like summer months for many factors, however my favorite? When i aren’t getting stuck powering a new million college bus looking to get to work! School Out Sucks

  12. SunnyD847

    June 5, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    My girls are in MS, so they should be pretty independent, but the older one has ADD so I have the be super vigilant about making sure she’s getting her work done. Getting her to focus and stay on task can be so frustrating. Every time I relax and think she’s got it down, shit falls apart. Seriously, after being on the honor roll for 3 years, she almost failed the last trimester of 8th grade math and they would not have let her graduate. Her teacher was awesome, but the last few weeks have been SO stressful. She graduated last night (whoopee!) but I only have a week before she starts a summer prep class at the HS. *sigh*

  13. notorious

    June 5, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Different lunches for each kid? Pshhhhhh, don’t make more work for yourself dude. Practice saying this: “Here is your sandwich and etc, you can take this or have hot lunch.” (or not have hot lunch and starve. – but say it like in Beauty and the Beast – “Fine, then GO AHEAD AND STARVEEEEE” Roar.

  14. Justme

    June 6, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Today is my last day and I’m ready for two months of swimming, napping and play dates with my girl. But the end of the year is so bittersweet this year – the 8th graders who are leaving this year have been my students in some form or fashion for the past three years through PE, sports, or math/algebra. Even though they drive me crazy at times, be grown attached to the little buggers….especially my girl athletes.

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