12 Similarities Between College Spring Break and Spring Break with My Kids

It’s Spring Break time. Fifteen years ago, that phrase was magical. Florida, sunshine, partying, cute boys…

Now? Now it means my kids aren’t in school. Which means I still want to drink copious amounts of alcohol throughout the week. But for very different reasons.

But! Cheer up, my friends in similar boats. There are some amazing similarities between college spring break and spring break as a parent of young, school-aged children…

 

 

1. Scantily-clad girls are running around unchecked, giggling and screaming

2. There are grumpy grown-up residents yelling at the kids to behave

3. There is a risk of finding a unidentifiable substance in my shoes sometime during the week

4. My sleeping arrangements for the night are always unknown and could be any of the following:

- Sharing a bed with another female who snores and hogs the covers
– Sharing a bed with a guy who wants to get in my pants
– Sleeping on the floor because I didn’t play my cards right at bedtime

5. At 2am I might be woken up by a request to assist someone in the bathroom because her tummy hurts

6. My roommates are always wearing my clothes without asking

7. I’m really, really tired because loud, inconsiderate people won’t let me sleep

8. Every single friggin’ day, there’s always a girl crying about something at some point

9. I’m not sure the last time the sheets on the bed were changed but I’m too tired to care

10. There’s a yucky smell emanating from somewhere in the room and no one can figure out what it is, where it’s coming from, or whose fault it is

11. I keep finding people’s underwear in strange places and I don’t want to know how it got there

12. I could go to bed with one person and wake up with a different one. Or two.

See? Key West 1997 and Suburban New England 2013. Not so different after all.

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  1. says

    This just made my night – I laughed out loud! I took a girlfriend to the beach over spring break last year with my two kids. At some point my son was running around naked, and my daughter was crying & we had a conversation about these similarities you list above. Good times!

  2. says

    HA! Love the “Scantily-clad girls are running around unchecked, giggling and screaming”. Ain’t that the truth! I think I’m getting old ’cause every year I seem to be getting more and more appalled by younger and younger girls walking about barely clothed. Is it just me? And I don’t even want to know about the strange smell… I’m guessing neither do you. ;)
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  3. says

    So true! My kids are on spring break now. This is certainly not a break! Not for me! Unless you count the fact that these kids are totally breaking my spirit! My mom came today and I bolted the second she showed up. Do I have to go back???

    Thanks for the laugh…
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  4. says

    Oh, yes, this is my life too, except instead of spring break, I’m getting summer holidays. I’m so happy my kids are signed up for two weeks of day camps. That will give me 3 hours of relative peace 5 days a week … for a little while.
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  5. says

    Oh, yes, this is my life too, except instead of spring break, I’m getting summer holidays. I’m so happy my kids are signed up for two weeks of day camps. That will give me 3 hours of relative peace 5 days a week … for a little while.

    And I always wake up to find myself with no space for comfort and nightly move 1 to 3 bodies back to their own beds, only to find them in mine again in the morning.
    And my kids are all running nude to the pool and back, even though I dress them in at least underware before letting them in the pool.
    Yesterday my two older ones decided to help out by “washing the laundry” in the pool … except it was the clean stuff I was about to fold. And yes I had two helpings of vodka after that. It was drink or beat them.
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  6. Laura says

    - Every single friggin’ day, there’s always a girl crying about something at some point
    Story of my 3 child life!

  7. Chera says

    Sadly, it’s not just girls who cry for no reason! I’m dreading spring break this year like no other. It’s going to be nonstop “but he said (insert ridiculous comment here)” and “but he … (whatever inappropriate action “he” did)” god made them cute so we wouldn’t kill them!!!

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