Summer Activities for kids

Summer is always hard . All kids are home from school and here in Arizona, it’s HOT as HELL so going outside to play isn’t an option. Thankfully, I have thrown together a list of fun summer activities for kids that they will love.

Fun Summertime activities for kids
Fun Summer activities for kids

 

I know that my house is alway chaotic especially during the summer. My grocery bill goes up along with my inpatient craziness. Since school has been out, I have literally ref’d countles fights and arguments between my children, cleaned up 10 million messes, mopped WAY too many times from spilled cereal and pop. I can honestly say I am exhausted and its only been 2 weeks.

A lot of moms ask me “How do you do it with 5 kids and still stay sane?” Well number 1: I am so not sane, more like insane. Number 2: when we are stuck in the house all day that’s when we (kids and myself) get stressed out and grouchy. I have made myself a goal to do something fun and productive each day with my kids. So far, so good. They seem to be loving summer so that means I am doing something right. Maybe, I should teach them how to fold laundry. Check out Confessions of a Dirty Ass Laundry Room for some hilarious real life mom moments.

Here is a list of  Summer Activities for Kids: 

  • SWIMMING: This has been my saving grace so far! I can’t tell you how many hours we have spent at our neighborhood jr high pool. I swear every day at 1pm we are down there getting our swim in. It tires out my kids. After swimming they are chill and happy. It’s like they jump into holy water and come out as brand new children. Plus, I can’t complain much about the quick and easy bedtime process afterward. They fall asleep quick and they sleep like rocks. No one can wake them. It truly has my saving grace. I also purchased my local summer pool pass so I save money in the end, plus I get a rockin’ tan!
fun summer activities for kids
Summertime with kids
  • LAKE:  Here in Arizona (where I live) we have an awesome beach like lake called Butcher Jones Beach. It is a quick fun retreat we can go to that makes it feel we are in a different state. My kids love it. We have rented paddle boards to play on in the water. It is something you MUST do with your kids. So fun and great exercise for me!  My kids loved being able to stand up and paddle on the “surfboard” Also take some hotdogs and soda. All lakes will have some sort of grill you can cook some easy things on. It’s a fun day for barely any cost!
fun summer activities for kids
summertime with kids

 

  •   CAMPING: This is a summertime tradition with my family. When my sons birthday comes around he doesn’t want a party, He wants to go camping!  There is something about sleeping under the stars with the crisp mountain air that really gets my kids excited. We try and camp a lot during the summers. It’s the perfect weekend getaway that isn’t too expensive. I want my kids to be able and enjoy what nature has to offer. The world is such a beautiful place and way better than any hotel you can stay at!fun summer activities for kids
  • HIKING: Only the last year have I really tried and hiked with my kids. I thought that they would be too small and would complain the whole time. The first hike we did was awesome with a great view at the end. It was hard work hiking up to the top and my kids were tired but they will agree with me, well worth it. In Arizona hiking in the summer is not recommended because you will sweat your ass off but if you had to, wake up early and beat the heat!
  • ZOO: We are obsessed with the zoo. We go and love to see all the different animals and how they interact with each other. One time while traveling in Colorado, we visited the zoo in Denver. A group of animals started “fighting” and making funny noises. My kids asked what was going on and why that animal was getting on top of the other animal. I said “They are fighting over what they wanted to eat for dinner” It was hilarious. My kids always seem to bring up that story. I wonder when they will figure out that they weren’t really fighting…?

fun summer activities for kids

  • DRIVE-IN MOVIES: This is hands down one of our favorite things to do. We go see new releases for less than $20.00 for my entire family. I bring the couch cushions, blankets, pillows, pop my own popcorn, fill water bottles with Kool-Aid (yes, I am a cheap A) and we have a grand time. When we pull up I always lay all my seats down in my van and make a big bed. My kids crawl in there,  get cozy and let the big screen take them to a whole new level of imagination. The last time I went my son did have a meltdown of the century. He got his kindle fire taken away for a good 6 months. Apparently, I wasn’t following my own advice from my latest post of Stop the Meltdowns 101 because that kid was bat shit crazy running around screaming at the top of his lungs. Haha, I laugh now only because I’m glad that humiliating day is OVER and DONE!

 

  • GROUPONAnother favorite and saving grace for me this summer has been Groupon. I check that every day to see what kind of deals they have. Normally they have cool things I can take my kids to and not worry about breaking the bank. There is this cool indoor jungle gym that I have been dying to take my family too. The problem is it is SO EXPENSIVE it would have been about $65.00 total just to go there. I’m not going to spend that kind of money on something unless it was Disneyland.  I checked out Groupon, low and behold it was on there for a fraction of the price. We had such a blast and thank you Groupon for being amazing and coming through when I need you!

 

 

 

Stop the Meltdowns 101

Whenever I hear children talk to their parents in rude disrespectful tones out in public, I cringe inside. I call those behaviors in my home, Meltdowns. I cannot handle rude behavior or “meltdowns”. I am a  little  “Old school” where children SHOULD and WILL give adults respect.

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I teach my kids to be respectful towards myself and especially towards other adults. Of course, when they are at home, they can’t be “on” all the time. We have our classic meltdowns, fights, and batshit crazy moments. We aren’t perfect but you better believe that I have the authority and (most times) control over the situations. Some people may think I am a little hard on my kids regarding their behavior but I don’t care. I am not raising assholes here! Do I beat my children senseless? absolutely not. I am not a believer in causing pain to teach lessons. I simply get really close, talk stern and widen my eyes until they pop out. Oh man, I wish I had a picture. My husband thinks I look ridiculous when my “stern mommy” face comes out to play.

 A few tips on how to handle meltdowns:

  • Understand the situation and what’s going on

a lot of the time  meltdowns are a result of kids not feeling in control of their lives or the situation. I know when one of my kids gives me an eye roll, or a rude backtalk, its because I am not fully understanding what is going on and I should probably put my damn phone down and listen to what they are truly saying.

I also like to give my kids choices. I like them to be able to choose what they want to do. When kids feel like they are in control and have a little say in their lives, they will respond better. My daughter is extremely particular about what jams she wear at night. (effin’ jams, I’m dealing with freaking PJ’S) instead of me yelling like crazy at her to hurry and pick some damn pajamas, I simply pick out two different “pretty” styles that she can choose from. That helps me with not losing my shit and helps her feel like she had a choice.

  • Talk

after a big meltdown goes down I always try my hardest to talk to my kids. Sometimes I have even gone as far as recording the meltdown scream fest, to later view it with that child. I never do it when there are other people around. I always do it one on one and especially when calm. It gives me a chance to talk to that child, let him or her know I love them but expect better behavior. I always ask how they felt after watching the video of their behavior. I try to also ask what they and myself could have done differently.

  • Consequence not  “punishment”

I always come up with a consequence with my child. I will let them choose what consequence would be a better option. I know most parents would think that’s crazy. “Let your kid choose the consequence” but honestly, I think it helps them really understand what type of behavior is acceptable and take the consequence serious. One time my son (bless his heart) decided to throw a huge tantrum and run away from me at a Walgreens. (the story is hilarious) when things calmed down I sat and had a discussion with him on what things we could have done differently. I gave him two options for consequences. It was No kindle fire for a week or no playing with friends for a weekend. He picked no playing with friends for a weekend. Since he picked what type of consequence suited him best, When one of my  in-laws came over to ask if he could play, he instantly said “No” and that he was grounded for the weekend.

Now my thought is, if I didn’t sit down a talk to him about what had happened, he wouldn’t have truly understood what he did and why he couldn’t play. I feel like that was a great teaching moment on what type of behavior is accepted and what type of behavior wasn’t.

  • Don’t feed the behavior

Now I have to admit, I am bad at this. Sometimes my kids get upset over some ridiculous things and I can’t help but make fun of them. It’s terrible but like I said before…. I’m only human and some days I can’t resist the temptation. When my kids go into that mode of crazy, I try my hardest to stay calm and remain in control because if I don’t stay calm and in control, I am contributing to the behavior and that can potentially make matters or meltdowns worse.

  • Loves

After all is said and done be sure to show love towards your children. Give them hugs, kisses, butterfly kisses or whatever to get them to giggle and feel the love from their parents.

There, you have a few tips I try to stop the meltdowns in your home. There is no job more important than parenting our crazy ass children. It’s our job to teach them and help them grow into wonderful beautiful people… Not Assholes!

 

 

xoxo,

Chels

 

Confessions of a Dirty Ass Laundry Room

Alright, I know what you’re thinking… “A load a day to keep a headache away” Ok, first off, I would like to publicly say, Nobody even said that shit until Pinterest came around. A load a day? Why would I do a load a day when I can do 20 loads the same day and fold for 6 hours twice a month? The truth is half the time my wonderful loving children throw their clean clothes in the dirty laundry. Yes, true story. I wish I would have saved my Mothers Day Snapchats ( by the way want real live entertainment? follow my Chels_bing snapchat. It’s ridiculous but entertaining. My language is like that of a sailor, you have been warned!)

It was the Saturday the day before mothers day. It started out as a bright and sunny day. I made the kids a nice breakfast, that, of course, they didn’t eat. We were laughing and having a wonderful time together. Until suddenly I do a bedroom check. To my dismay, I found trash, food, clothes and crap along the baseboards in their room. Instantly my blood starts boiling in my veins and I scream….. AHHHHHHHHHH WWWTTTTFFFFF…..  because I had just cleaned every room in my house SPOTLESS to avoid any Mothers Day hiccups. I try and plan out Mothers Day so there won’t be any issues. I clean, set my kids’ clothes out to make sure they will be ready. I even go as far as buying my own Mothers Day cinnamon rolls for breakfast just in case my husband can’t cover the breakfast in bed scenario. (creepy right? I’m effin’ creepy.) So, as I look through their bedrooms, cussing every cuss word out loud. I look over to their mount Rushmore stack of clothes in their closet. As I walk up to get a better look, I notice all the 20 EFFIN’ loads of laundry I folded the day before and placed neatly next to their dressers for them to put away,  were now wrinkled up and stuffed into the closets. I am not sure if this was a “Hey lets see how we can piss mommy off” ordeal, or if it was actually an honest mistake? Which if you think about it, isn’t actually a mistake at all. Those assholes are out to get me! I feel my forehead vein throbbing and my eyes pop out like Jalisa Thompson’s. I can’t even deal right now. I calmly walk away, and by calmly I mean like a beast throwing clothes left and right,  screaming like I belong in a psych ward. I hate to admit this but my husband was trying to talk some sense into me and I’m pretty sure I kicked a hole into my wall. Don’t worry, it wasn’t my intention to kick my beautiful wall, I was aiming at him. What makes it worse is he laughs it off. LAUGHS with the words of “You’re crazy” I don’t know about you but when I hear those two words together I get even crazier. Hence, why there is a nice perfectly round hole in my wall from my ragged foot.

I decided after I made the hole on the wall, I better put up some coloring artwork the kids give me just in case company comes over. They would see the artwork and say “what a great mother displaying those sweet pictures in her house”. Little do they know it was clearly just to cover up my crazy!

Decided to make an art wall to cover up mommies crazy!

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After that intense combo, I quickly ran to my medicine cabinet and sniffed a little lavender oil to calm the hell down. I sniffed that crap until I was hallucinating lavender flowers growing out of the kitchen sink. Once back into my right state of mind, I quickly rushed into my kid’s rooms and apologized. They weren’t even phased at all. In fact, I actually got an apology from them. They realized how hard I worked to make the house clean and the clothes I had spent all day folding. We all joined in together to quickly get things refolded and put away. After we celebrated with a trip to target and their glorious never ending dollar section.

I sure love these kids of mine. I am not the best mom in this world, but to them, I am their world. I make mistakes because I am human and I try to learn from them. The good thing is I plan on winning the lottery so I can afford their therapy bill when they’re older. Now off to re-wash the clothes in my washer for the 7th time. I hope they’ll actually make the dryer this time around.

 

Current state of my laundry room right now
The current state of my laundry room

 

 

Do you suck at laundry? I hope this story makes you feel better about yourself. Every mom is a little bat shit crazy, some just hide it better than others!

xoxo,

Chels

Dinnertime Horror

My kids are drama. Everything is a big deal. My daughter and son can’t find their socks or shoes on a daily basis but yes, they can find the worlds smallest onion or broccoli  in their food.

Enchiladas, chili, homemade Pizza, all the way down to hot dogs with Mac and Cheese. It seems that whatever I make for dinner one out of five kids complains about it. I cannot tell you how many “Kid Friendly” Pinterest meals I have made (totally a load of shit because those “kid friendly”  meals have me cookin’ hours in the kitchen). I never seem to get it right with ALL kids at the same time. You would honestly think they were eating shit on a platter with their reactions to some of my dishes. I am pretty sure my neighbors think I’m beating my children due to the loud intense screams coming from my house. Little do they know, it is just me trying to get a damn child to eat their damn broccoli!

I know for a fact that I am not a bad cook. Okay, I will admit, some of my dishes aren’t the best and my husband will always kindly let me know with a wonderful phrase “Babe, I think I am pretty full” when I ask if he wants seconds. When he eats the second plate, I know I nailed it.  When he sweetly declines, I know I better not make that dish again. Or the occasional dry food when I am overwhelmed with other things while cooking. One time I took dinner to my neighbors. I made chicken enchiladas, Homemade Mexican rice, Texas sheet cake cupcakes all while helping kids with homework and a baby attached to my leg. When my husband got home from work he made a plate, tasted it and then quietly set the plate down somewhere. I went to deliver the food thinking all was well and forgot about it. A couple weeks later I said I was going to make the same dinner. My husband then decided to tell me how dry the enchiladas were and how the rice was a little off… A COUPLE WEEKS LATER!!!! I was extremely pissed he didn’t tell me before I dropped dinner off. Had I known my dinner tasted like garbage, I would have ordered dinner from somewhere for them.  I always try to forget that story because it makes my stomach hurt. So an apology to my neighbors, Sorry your enchiladas were dry and your rice was off!

Most nights I slave over the kitchen stove for what feels like HOURS just to dish out plates and have my wonderful, yet crappy children turn up their noses. I even try to bribe them with  $20 bucks and they still will not touch it. A few nights I have rushed to my room in sheer beast mode because they will not eat what’s on their plate. I can’t tell you how many pillows I have hit because my kids won’t eat squat! It’s frustrating, to say the least.

What to do when your children will not eat?

I have come to the conclusion that if my kids do not eat their dinner, they will go to bed hungry. Now hold on, don’t think I am the meanest mom in the world. It actually works! If my kids don’t eat their dinner, they don’t get to eat anything else. When they do eat their dinner, they get the entire kitchen until bedtime. I am a pretty easy to please mom. Just eat your dinner and you can have the world. I swear it’s like making deals with 5 little devils. I truly cannot stand making a huge meal for my family of seven just to have no one eat it.

Rule of thumb in my home is…

You better eat your dinner before mommy starves you and loses her shit!

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xoxo,

Chels

 

Mommin’ With Humor

Hello cyber world,

Welcome to Mommin’ with Humor. My name is Chelsee Bingham,  I’m a mother of 5 crazy kids, a wife and a dog owner. My kids age from 10yrs to 6month. (No, we did not plan ANY of them but we are extremely happy they are here entertaining us) With all the children I have, I have to manage my time wisely. It’s normally between picking up my house, trying to fold my never ending overflow of laundry, cook dinner but most nights I end up at little caesars with a $5.00 pizza, Changing clothing / diapers and the love of scooping up dog poop. I am always taking my kids on adventures to new places. I want to give them all the experiences in the world (but only on a cheap ass budget) I am also a full time ref.  I always seem to be refereeing unnecessary fights in the living room over toys, clothes, candy, netfilx and etc…

This blog is a way for me to reach out and  help other parents through my computer. I hope parents can relate to my experiences and realize this parenting thing is a lot of work. I will be posting funny thoughts, experience, DIY, crafting, recipes,  husband 101 and much more useful facts. A lot of my posts will be uncensored, raw and real but totally worth it.

If you have any questions you can always email me at Momminwithhumor@yahoo.com or leave a comment below. I will answer all questions to the best of my knowledge. I would love for readers to comment on posts they like and can relate to. Feel free to leave your funny stories and comments below any post. I want to hear them!

Chelsee and Scott Bingham
Chelsee and Scott Bingham

xoxo,

Chels