One of the best parts of being a parent is getting rid of your kids. During the summer, some parents like to pawn their kids off to the grandparents for various lengths of time. The problem with grandparents is that your kids have access to the telephone or electronics. This means they have a way to bug you and complain about how bored they are.
I know some parents that like summer camp where there is no electronics. The kids actually have to wait for a letter from their parents for any sort of love. And heaven forbid that your child actually has to write to you. With their terrible spelling and texting skills of a monkey, you can totally blow off their requests to come home early. When you pick them up at the end of camp and they are complaining “Didn’t you get my letter?” You can honestly say that you couldn’t understand their strange “texting” language and the handwriting was so bad you couldn’t read it anyway. But it did make an awesome nesting place for their pet rabbit.
I’m pretty much a fan of both ways to get rid of your kids during the summer. Honestly, I like to get rid of my kids all the time. If I can’t send them to a friend’s house, it means I’m a failure as a parent. If no one wants my perfect kids, then I know they must be some of the rudest worst brats around.
With skill and considerable talent, I have trained my children to be polite and well behaved. When they are at other people’s homes, the friend’s parents love them. They use their manners and we get reports back raving about how wonderful they are. Man, are my kids the greatest actors or what? Because if you saw them at home, you’d think they were from two rival gangs in prison, ready to jab a sharpened toothbrush into the other inmate’s neck!
I keep asking other parents if they are talking about my kids when the good reports come back. Are they sure they have the right kids? Because the facts and observations they make certainly don’t match up with my in home data that I collect EVERYDAY.
Now and then, my kids will surprise me and get along for an extended period of time. Usually I start to think that maybe they do love each other and that we should take a vacation together. It is a moment of weakness on my part to think this way. I think a 2-3 hour car ride with two rival gang members is a smart idea. Now who is the fool?