Sanity In The Summer – Is It Possible?

By: Valerie Zilinsky

Parents across the country are gearing up for the inevitable... the last day of school. I personally am looking forward to a much-needed break from the long drive to and from school each day, packing lunches, getting stains out of school uniforms, and the nickel-and-diming of school fundraisers. Of course, I always am looking forward to the last day of school by this time each spring.

But without a doubt, it'll happen no later than July 1st... When my lovely children are ripping out each other's hair, and I'm pulling out my own quickly-multiplying gray hairs, I'll be counting down the days until school begins once again. 

It's not that I don't love my children. I adore them! But they bore easily. And when they are bored, they happen to find my bulging eyes and red face and loud voice rather amusing. They get joy out of making each other say "Ouch!" or being chased out of their sibling's bedroom. They laugh hysterically while they run back & forth through the living room, causing the dog to bark frantically while I'm trying to handle an important phonecall.

I'm sure there are many of you out there nodding your heads, envisioning your little angels in a few short weeks when they've already methodically played with every toy in their bedroom and left them in the most strategic places - yes, *those* places, where you will either step on them, spraining your ankle, or they will end up in the washing machine. Klunk, klank, klink......thud. Cashing in their saved-up allowances to buy a replacement washing machine should keep them busy for a while, right?

So what can we do to survive the boredom blues that our children are sure to experience this summer? Here are a few helpful ideas and resources that I'll be resorting to soon enough. I hope this helps you out also:

As a last resort, I plan to send my kids into their bedrooms with the mission of cleaning out under their beds. That should occupy them for a few days at least!

Valerie Zilinsky is a mother of two and webmaster of, the Internet destination for parents to reach out to each other regarding gender-specific parenting issues. Made up of and, the sites provide articles on every stage of childhood as well as an active community area. Visit for more support on showing your kids that you love them everyday.

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