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Beach With The Kids? Never Again


We have officially become pool people. I’ll try the beach again with the kids in 5 years or so…MAYBE.  What a cr-azy Saturday we just had!!

My mother slept over the night before and when we woke up, she suggested we go to the beach. I wasn’t planning on doing anything that day because I am going away to Michigan with Ford on Monday and wanted to use the weekend to get ready. But it was early enough and I thought… WHY NOT?

We go get some snacks and ice for the cooler and when we return my entire block is filled with cars. I said, “I wonder who is having a party?” It turns out to be my next door neighbor and I WAS INVITED AND TOTALLY FORGOT. I throw the kids in their backyard, kick my mother out of the car and get Bill to unpack the cooler and place everything in the fridge. What a disaster!!

Luckily we ended up only being 15 minutes late. THANK GOODNESS. I would have been SO UPSET if I missed that party. My kids LOVE that little boy.

So, party out of the way – we all head back in the car to go to the beach. We get there and Natalie takes her father and runs into the water. I try to get Liam to go and he has a meltdown. So, we start digging. Natalie comes back and she asks for the pail… you know… the 1 pail I brought to the beach with 2 children. Oy vey!! One fight after the other because the two kids weren’t playing next to each other which is something I didn’t anticipate. Natalie was by the water and Liam was on the sand. I won’t bore you with the rest of the whiny details, but everything bothered Liam. Sand in the eyes. Sand on his feet. Not enough wet sand. Hungry. Not hungry. We left within 2 hours.

Lesson. Learned. The pool it is. We had this same issue last year but thought it would be better now that he is almost 3. Natalie HATED the beach when she was younger too, but as she aged she got over it.

How do your young kids handle the beach? At what age did they start enjoying it?

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  1. Living in South Florida, we are beach people. We go as often as possible. With that in mind, we honestly only go maybe once a month! It is such a procedure to go… the beach toys, the blankets, umbrella, food, lotion and so much more. And while I was potty training, what a nightmare that was! How do you teach your child that they can pee in the ocean but not in a pool. And heaven forbid they need to go poops!

    I grew up, as you know, in a great town that had an awesome community pool. I spent every day of the summer there. The pool was my life from mid June through labor day. I miss that.


  2. We only live about 30 mins from great Delaware beaches, however, if we get there 2 times in the summer its a miracle. And one of those times is for the ginormous water park! We belong to a fantastic pool though! Honestly, its a lifesaver, but I would pay any price since we are there almost every single day in the summer. My girls are like fish (5&9 yrs). They dont like the beach yet…sand and salt water are not thier thing. But hopefully they’ll grow into it…until then, Mama is happy at the pool!

  3. We live about 20 minutes from the beach and spend many, many days a month there. It’s definitely a chore…but the kids love it and this year I can finally sit in my chair while the kids play around me. Here in Southern California we have waves and riptides though…so they don’t go near the water without me within arms reach. They have both been knocked upside down by a wave in ankle deep water…More than once!
    But I agree…I love our community pool! 🙂

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