Annoyed that they have to spend more quality time with their kids, some parents are declaring that “summer is stupid.”
A quick twitter search for the keyword #stupidsummer brings up thousands of tweets from parents who wish their kids were back in school already. Here were a few that caught my eye.
@LameDad: It’s so annoying. Dad, I wanna go camping. Dad, I wanna go fishing. You know what I want? I want you to want to go back to school. #stupidsummer
@JackParents: #stupidsummer. The only difference between summer and the school year is that I now have to pay for daycare. Can’t wait for school to start back up.
@LazyMom: I’m about to go crazy! #stupidsummer. The daytime should be my time to watch my shows. My soaps aren’t going to watch themselves.
@ShouldntBeParentsAtAll: Why is everyone saying #stupidsummer? Summer is great! Gives my kids an extra eight hours every day to clean and do yard work. The eight they were already giving isn’t enough to build character.
@PotDad: #stupidsummer. I hate feeling guilty for smoking my morning weed just cause my kids are running around the house. Go back to school and let me toke in peace!
@MomsGotIssues: #stupidsummer. Today I put a pot on my head and started screaming after my older kids asked if they could go outside and play. Just yesterday they asked me the same thing! It scared my baby, I think.
Child psychologist Wanda McStarbard said, “it’s perfectly normal for parents to feel deep levels of resentment toward the end of summer. Giving your kid quality time and extra attention isn’t something we do much in this day and age, so we naturally fight it.” She then added, “I would suggest that if you start feeling burdened by having to see your kids more often than you’d like, lock yourself in a bathroom and read 50 Shades of Grey. It’ll give you the boost you need.”
Many parents of course felt the opposite way about summer, but I wasn’t able to contact any of them for a response since they were all out doing awesome things with their kids. I did, however, speak with one mom at the local park who said, “I can’t believe summer is two-thirds over already. We’re going to have to make the best of this last month because #ImGonnaMissHavingMyKidsAround.”
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