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14+ Differences Between The Beginning And The End Of Summer All Parents Can Relate To

When summer vacation begins, moms everywhere plan a fun-filled, activity-jammed calendar filled with arts and crafts, activities, and even vacations. But, once summer starts its course, parents begin to get weighed down. By the end... well... they're done.

In the beginning of the summer: you're organizing fun ideas and things to do during the day.

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By the end of the summer: you're begging your kids to just watch a TV show and give mommy some alone time.

In the beginning of the summer: you plan to have the kids do brain busters and work so they can stay on track for school.

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By the end of the summer: you're wondering where you put their summer reading packet.

In the beginning of the summer: you have arts and craft activity ideas lined up.

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By the end of the summer: crayons and paper will be fine. Don't touch any glue or paint, mommy doesn't want to clean.

In the beginning of the summer: you plan to make homemade ice cream and other delicious snacks.

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By the end of the summer: take an ice cube and cool off by sucking on it.

In the beginning of the summer: you plan a bucket list for the entire family to partake in.

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By the end of the summer: you're lucky if you can get your entire family in the same room at the same time.

In the beginning of the summer: you plan to throw elaborate summer-themed parties.

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By the end of the summer: you just want everyone to leave you alone so you can get some peace and quiet.

In the beginning of the summer: you can't wait to take your kids to the zoo.

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By the end of the summer: your kids look like they belong in the zoo. And smell like it, too.

Beginning of the summer: You plan fun and stimulating car-ride games.

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By the end of the summer: You put the iPad or iPhone in front of both kids to get them to shut up in the car.

Beginning of the summer: You plan picnics and healthy lunches for the kids.

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By the end of the summer: you're hitting up the drive through just to get them to have lunch quickly.

Beginning of the summer: You have the cutest summer outfits planned for your kids.

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By the end of the summer: You're lucky if they have on anything that matches. No more laundry, please!

Beginning of the summer: You set health and exercise goals to keep up with.

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End of the summer: You're lucky if you move from the kitchen to the living room without complaining.

Beginning of the summer: You swear you'll stick to a good napping and relaxing schedule.

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End of the summer: "If they don't nap, they don't nap. Who cares."

Beginning of the summer: You can't wait to be in the pool every single day.

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By the end of the summer: Your pool is filled with leaves, algae, and you can't wait to close it on up.

Beginning of the summer: You plan to spend hot days at the water park to cool off.

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End of the summer: You don't want to step foot outside of the air conditioned house.

Let's be real: every mom at the splashpad looks like this.

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Oh sure, the kids are having fun. But for the moms, this is far from a summer "vacation".

Beginning of the summer: You're so happy to be done with the school drop off line.

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By the end of the summer, you can't wait to go back.