The end of the school year is here and while some parents dread the coming summer months, others are so over the homework, schedules, lunch-packing and drop-offs that they’re ready to welcome vacation with open arms.
Mostly open arms.
We love our kids, but it often feels like we’re trading one set of aggravations for another. Yes, we’ve grown weary of the school year grind, but who says summer will be any easier? Spoiler alert: it won’t. Bottom line? It’s all hard, and the funny parents of Twitter are here to get you through it.
1. Actual paradise.
People that send your kids off to summer camps, what's it like to be able to finish a thought without being interrupted?
— Sara Says Stop (@PetrickSara) May 24, 2017
Here comes summer vacation and oops, with all the end of school year busyness, you never signed the kids up for any camps. RIP, coherent thoughts.
I can't wait to hang /w/ my kids for the 1st 5 minutes of summer & then spend the rest of the 129,595 mins of summer crying lemonade tears.
— Walking Outside In Slippers (@WalkingOutside) May 24, 2017
School’s over, you’re so relieved. Now’s the time to actually enjoy your kids rather than suffering through nightly homework and running them here and there. Oh wait, summer sort of sucks too, never mind.
3. So done.
Making the kids peanut butter & Nutella sandwiches every day this week for lunch because even though THEY aren't done with school yet, I am.
— the Mom TruthBomb (@momTruthBomb) June 17, 2016
To be honest, we were done like three months ago, but anyway.
4. Brace yourselves.
Parents preparing for summer like:
"So it begins, the great battle of our time." pic.twitter.com/2biYUxysl4
— Jennifer S. White (@yenniwhite) May 23, 2017
It’s such a mix of emotions, ending the school year while preparing for summer. It wouldn’t be all that shocking if our hair turned white in the process.
My kids have 9 more days of school but the teachers have stopped assigning homework. This is the closest thing to summer vacation I get.
— MamaFizzles (@MamaFizzles) May 16, 2017
Those last days when the teachers have thrown in the towel on homework are magical, but you still have 23 end-of-year “special” events to slog through, so there’s that.
6. *stares off into the distance*
Well, today is the last day of my sanity.
I mean school. Today is the last day of school.
— Salty Mermaid (@Jenn_H_Scott) May 23, 2017
The last day of school. Goodbye homework and bullshit, hello all kinds of other problems.
7. Put that on a throw pillow.
Let yourself go through all the steps of grieving. We’ll be here with chardonnay when you’re done.
8. The end’s in sight.
Kids: How many more days left until summer?
Me: *literally all I care about* I only have to pack your lunch 6 more times.
— Meredith (@PerfectPending) May 17, 2017
*through gritted teeth* “Ham or turkey? Oh, you don’t like either of those anymore? How about dry Cheerios? Or cafeteria pizza!”
Live footage of me and my husband trying to make it to the end of the school year. pic.twitter.com/IxZLHMusFO
— Lurkin' Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom) May 16, 2017
Just. Keep. Going.
10. Deal with it.
1st week of school: sandwich cut in a cute shape, sliced fruit, encouraging note.
Last week of school: handful of croutons wrapped in foil.
— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) May 21, 2015
Sorry, kids. We’re now phoning it the fuck in until your summer diet of hot dogs and popsicles starts.
11. They’ll be fine.
School drop-off in Sept: Get out of car, big hug, walk them in
In May: Slow car to 5mph, make kids tuck n roll, drive off blasting Beyonce
— Valerie (@ValeeGrrl) May 24, 2016
We couldn’t be more over it.
12. Who needs a predictable schedule anyway?
My favorite thing about the last week of school is the half days, class visits, and total disregard for working parents.
— Kim Bongiorno (@LetMeStart) June 15, 2016
Oh, you can’t use three vacation days this week to be there for all of the end-of-year events for your little angels? Good thing you have the whole summer to make it up to them. The whole. Damn. Summer.
Good luck, parents!