Help, Summer Vacation Has Started at the Zoo

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I haven’t decided if I am going to enjoy having the kids home for summer this year or not.  But, for this mom with a daily to do list a mile long, this summer is not going to be pleasant. This is what I learned so far from having my kids home for a half a day:

  • They are all strong willed and stubborn just like their mom.
  • Screaming at each other is a favorite past time when kids 2, 3 and 4 don’t do what kid 1 wants.
  • Parrot is the only kid motivated to do the new behavior chart for summer.
  • Locking my bedroom door in order to get some work done only attracts door knocking and yelling for Mom every 10 minutes.
  • Setting up the kiddie pool outside for the kids just makes the fore casted 80 degree, sunny weather to change to 70 degrees and wind. 
  • Sleeping in isn’t an option for Mom during the summer months, because it just makes Parrot mad. He is very vocal when he is mad.
  • No matter how many times Mom explains how to get along the kids will not know the meaning of those two words.
This is going to be a long, long summer.  I have over 300 comments to return and respond back, 60+ PR requests to reply to, 40+ other  emails to read and respond to, dirty dishes in the sink, blog posts to write on both blogs and my social network, appointments to go to after dinner and a house full of hyper, screaming kids who demand my attention every ten minutes. Yes, this is going to be a long, long, LONG summer.

Cascia Talbert is a Catholic mother of five special needs kids. In 2018 she published the book, "Taking Care of Your Family's Health and Well-Being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available anywhere books are sold. She is also a professional flutist and an Avon Independent Sales Representative. You can learn more about Cascia on the following websites, cjsfunandgames.com and avoncrystallake.com. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, children and Baby, the playful black kitty.

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