Parenting over summer vacation and how I am going batshit crazy…

July 15th, 2013 by Carrie, the Just Mildly Medicated gal

Summer Vacation

Warm Weather, Family Time, Kids Laughing

Batshit crazy mom…

I am finding myself being so repetitive that I feel like I am going batshit crazy at the sound of my own voice. I am sure every parent has a phrase or two that make them wish they had it recorded on a loop. I do think parents at home with kids over the summer get to lay claim on this version of insanity.

I figured I would share mine with you.

Bat Shit Crazy

No running in the house!

So I am not the cool mom who has games of tag in the house. I have friends who do and they are awesome and fun. Truth be told I don’t have room for that in my house. It’s not a small house but it lacks the open floor plan for tag, obstacle courses, and riding scooters.

Okay, true truth be told I probably wouldn’t let them run if it did.

The question I have is; why do I have to say this daily, and several times at that? My kids have been with me their whole lives…

Where are you going?

We live in a neighborhood full of kids. If you remember most bore witness to me with no bra on. They ask in angle voices “Can we go out to play?” My 10 and 7 year old boys get shoes on and hold their four year old sisters hand and open the front door to go out to play.

In chimes mom “Wait, where are you going?” They look back like I am bat shit crazy. “Where are you going?” Blank stares for a few seconds and the older son says “Outside…” “Okay, I know that, where outside?” More blank stares…

Again, these sweet children have known nothing but my mothering… WHERE ARE YOU GOING…

What are you doing up there?

My kid’s bedrooms are upstairs; they think I can’t hear them at all when as any parent in a two story house knows the sound of them playing upstairs seems to shake the house. With that said when the house rattles at the same time as one grunts loudly and yet another makes a barking sound and another yells “I’m telling” a mom is forced to go to the stairs and yell “WHAT ARE YOU DOING UP THERE?”

The response is usually “nothing.” I mean really, we’re going with nothing… then I walk back to the couch with the balance of a wineo (not because I am drunk but because I am parenting from the couch as best I can)

Do you want to watch a movie?

Two things surprise me about this. One is that there are still family friendly movies in the NetFlix que that we haven’t watched; the second is that my kids still say yes. I thought they’d be tired of movie time with mom but they still say yes. Thank goodness because movie watching is something I can do. (or I can read a book while they watch)

MeMe reading A Game of Thrones

Time to clean up.

I wish they understood I am just as tired of saying as they are of doing it. I love that we have lots of awesome things to do in the house but when they take off to play in the ever elusive ‘outside’ and I turn to see a table of art supplies in what I’d like to call beautifully creative disarray I know I will have to announce that it is time to clean up and be met with disappointed faces.

Your turn, what are you saying repeatedly this summer?

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2 Responses

  1. I love this. My kids are 3 and 6, and on me thing that has driven me nuts is driving them to their various summer camps and classes and having no time to myself. Also, the floor is sticky somehow with them home more. On the weeks there’s no summer camp, there’s the constant refrain, “I’m bored!” or “Can I play Angry Birds Star Wars?” One day I did let him play, just so he would stop talking about Angry Birds!

  2. Vicky says:

    You know I don’t have to tell you just how much I can relate to this post! We are now down to 20 days! Think I can make it? Jury’s still out on that one.

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