12 Ways to celebrate Labor Day with young and restless children

Aug 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. ET
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I used to love random patriotic holidays, and then I had kids. This isn’t a sad diatribe about being a parent. I actually love spending time with my kids and creating new memories, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that holidays are a little different when you have young children.

Perfect example — I will not be spending this Labor Day drinking too much, eating too much and laying out in the sun. I will probably spend the holiday breaking up fights between my toddlers and praying that they don’t get heatstroke if we spend more than 20 minutes in direct sunlight.

But I have learned a valuable lesson in my three years of having babies and now toddlers. Roll with the punches, come up with a few asinine activities and your children will think you’re a hero. You heard it here first. Labor Day can still be a good time if you adjust your expectations and think of creative ways to entertain your kids: 

1. Take a nap

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And then when you’re done, take another one.

2. Turn on the hose

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That’s really all you need to do.

3. Set up a kiddie pool

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Use the cool pool water to float your beer, while pretending it’s “all for the kids.” 

4. Hand out Popsicles

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Wait until they melt — and then give them more.

5. Walk around the block

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If your kids are really young, this could take all afternoon.

6. Sing a song about America

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This could also take all afternoon.

7. Wave flags

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Kids love this shit.

8. Go on a day trip

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Try your best to be festive and have fun. In reality, prepare for lots and lots of crying in the car.

9. Dye their baby formula blue

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KIDDING. This is festive but probably unsafe. Please find other ways to celebrate.

10. Eat patriotic Jell-O

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Red, white, and blue Jell-O will be the literal highlight of your toddler’s week.

11. Paint your nails red, white and blue

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I’m going to be honest — this really has nothing to do with children.

12. Put them to bed early

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It’s a holiday, and they can’t tell time. It’s the perfect crime.

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