10 sure signs it’s time for the kids to go back to school


It’s not that you don’t love your kids. It’s just that three months is too long for summer vacation. Here are 10 signs you’re ready for your kids to go back to school.

1. You. Just. Cannot. Do. One. More. Kid. Craft. From. Pinterest.

Bugs Bunny- I'm out


2. Your ambitious family summer schedule that involved Reading! Writing! Dusting! And Math! Has been replaced with TV! iPad! More TV! And Video Games!

Batman- you trusted me and I failed you


3. You can’t find your lawn under all the popsicle wrappers.

Gilmore Girls- avoiding problems


4. The neighbors’ kids have started calling you mom.

Aladdin- 'scuse me


5. You wish people would stop shooting off fireworks so you could go to bed already.

Grinch - noise



6. You’ve finally recovered from your annual cryptosporidium infection from the public pool.

Tarzan- sanitary water



7. Your kids won’t eat any more shave ice.

Grumpy Cat


8. You bought everyone a new backpack in July.

Cinderella - A dream is a wish


9. Instead of putting sunscreen on your kids, you’ve instructed them to not make eye contact with the sun.

Harry Potter- danger


10. You downloaded Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” on your phone. For no reason at all. Just because.

For those who don’t know, relief is on its way. The first day of school is Aug. 19 for the Provo, Alpine and Nebo school districts.


Elyssa Andrus has worked as a journalist for 14 years, most recently as the lifestyle editor at the Daily Herald newspaper in Provo. She is a contributor to the KSL-TV show "Studio 5" and is co-author of the book "Happy Homemaking" (Cedar Fort, 2012) with Natalie Hollingshead. She lives with her husband and four young children in Utah Valley.

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