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Vacationing with Teenagers, Part 2

Do you remember the Onion article “Mom Spends Beach Vacation Assuming All Household Duties In Closer Proximity To Ocean”? We go on vacation to get away from our usual responsibilities, but somebody’s got to empty the dishwasher, right?

I am the mom in that story right now. I’ve been trying really hard to just chill and pretend I'm back in college and not worry about the messes my teenaged sons leave everywhere. But I eventually caved and just cleaned for the past 30 minutes. I even vacuumed, for Pete’s sake.

The nice...