1. Know when to say NO. Nada. No WAY JOSE.
2. Pick your fights. You don’t ALWAYS have to react when one of your teenage children annoys you. Purposely.
3. Make lists. I realize this does not sound like the free and wonderful summer of yore childhood. But facts are facts. And even if the long walks on the beach and the lazy afternoons curled up with a book are a big chunk of WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT, there are the creative projects you had imagined doing (hm em siad blog writing) home projects you had put off doing all school year that, once done, you will feel fabulously about having completed, and, let’s face it, regular errands, doctor and dentists appointments, blah, blah, blah, yada, yada, yada. A list with items crossed off reminds you of what you HAVE completed. Otherwise, every evening, the demented part of your personality will try and make you feel guilty over what was NOT accomplished. The big ol’ FUCK ME
4. Keep a nice variety of alcoholic beverages on hand.
5. Know when it’s OK to hang up on someone (see item #2).