Seven Ways Parenting is Like Spring Break

Parenting Like Spring Break

Back in the day, spring break meant a week to hit the beach, get a little silly, and take a break from reality. In contrast, parenting is more likely to mean hitting the pediatrician, getting a lot silly, and no escape from reality. Surprisingly, the two have quite a few similarities beyond the fact that everyone seems to be half-dressed half the time.


Way #1

You look like you’re ready to enter a wet t-shirt contest – only this time it’s breastmilk providing the moisture. Enjoy those breastfeeding boobs. Just like the version from your teen years, they won’t last forever.

Lars Plougmann, Flickr

Way #2

Cruising is a big deal. All the cute kids do it. And even covering the same ground over and over can seem pretty exciting.

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Way #3

No matter how much you did today, someone wants to stay up all night. Most of the time, it isn’t you.


Way #4

It’s hot. Really, really hot. Like sitting on the beach in the middle of the day. But you’re inside, with the a/c on blast. Hello hot flash.

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Stef Daniel,This is My Belly

Way #5

You look in the mirror and are shocked to see the alterations to your body. There’s no way that’s what you look like! Where did that come from?


Way #6

Someone is stumbling around, crying. And they may have peed themselves. There’s a good possibility it is your toddler, but hey – it could be you.


Way #7

The best – and the worst – parts seem like they are over before you know it.

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Seven Ways Parenting is Like Spring Break

Sara McTigue is a secret agent, cupcake chef, award winning author, photographer, and PTA mom. At least, that is how things look in her mind. When she isn’t testing the bounds of her imagination, she is a mom to three amazing and hilariously funny children, wife to a charming and handsome man, and thoroughly addicted to reading. With a BS in English Education and an MA in English Literature, words – and their ability to shape our lives and thoughts – are an everyday fascination. Af ... More

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  1. Profile photo of LIZ says:

    love this make me laugh 😉

  2. Profile photo of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    Cool! Just said, oh, yeah! True at the end of the article.


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