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Let's Get Ready to Rumble

by Alana Morales

Summer is here and with it the summer fight series has begun. No, I'm not talking about the latest cage fighting series or Saturday night fight on HBO. I'm talking about the wonderful fights that come along with kids on summer vacation.

You know the fights I am talking about. These are not the typical brother and sister "I don't like you" fights. These run more along the lines of "even though I have no reason to, I'm going to rip you limb from limb" fights.

My kids normally get along pretty well, but summer vacation has somehow changed their DNA and all they do is fight. If I had a dollar for every time one of them was in time out for antagonizing the other one, I would have a house on a nice peaceful lake somewhere.

I have tried keeping them active (and away from each other) to no avail. As soon as they are within striking range it begins again. The part that really worries me is that they are only 5 and 3. What will it be like when they are in junior high? High school? I foresee future summers with separate camps for each kid. At least then I could test the whole "absence makes the heart grow fonder." Or at the very least "absence makes the torment less violent."

Luckily summer vacation is a tad bit shorter this year. At least it won't be enough time for me to go completely gray. In the meantime, I have a summer of Rock'em Sock'em siblings to look forward to. Wish me luck!

parenting humor Alana Morales - Parenting Humor. Alana has a degree in Psychology and taught high school English for six years before staying home with her two children and becoming a writer. family parenting humorHer first book, Domestically Challenged was released in May 2006. You can read more of Alana's work and get information about her book at Order Now

If you are a new stay at home mom, Domestically Challenged can help! It will help you deal with trying to keep the kids and yourself entertained, while keeping on top of all the domestic duties you face. You'll even find ways to make time for yourself (imagine that).

Alana Morales taught high school English for six years before becoming a writer. She is a co-host on the new online radio show Mom Writer's Talk Radio ( Her first book, Domestically Challenged, was released in May 2006. You can order her book at

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