“Bees’ll buzz, kids’ll blow dandelion fuzz
And I’ll be doing whatever snow does
A drink in my hand, my snow up against the burning sand
Prob’ly getting gorgeously tanned
Even Olaf the snowman is excited about summer!!!
Every home in America that has school-aged kids or teachers living in them is counting down the days until summer vacation.
As exciting as it is for everyone, it doesn’t take long until the whining begins,
“I’m bored!” (In our family the use of the word “bored” is actually treated the same as profanity)
“What can I do?”
I truly believe my kids eat twice as much in the summer and I KNOW I do more dishes.
For parents who work from home, which my husband and I do, it can be even more difficult because your kids and all your friends and neighbors often think you are available to entertain.
Last summer I was geared up for being a perfect work-from-home mom. I had centers, I had been collecting educational activities, I had my husband on board, I had created a daily schedule, and we even began practicing the schedule before the school-year ended.
But it was still hard! There was a little too much bickering and I heard a little too much of the whining I was hoping to avoid.
I will do a few things differently this year:
1. Send them to camp (not for the whole summer but 4 weeks to space out the summer so we can appreciate each other when we are back together again.)
2. Use an adjustable daily schedule like this one I made
Last year I think our schedule was too rigid; if we had a change in the schedule I couldn’t communicate that as easily to the kids. This new schedule has some firm spots (like resting time, mealtimes, and chores) but much more room to move things around for a rainy day, a playdate, etc. I have a few more posters that I can swap out too!
(Here’s another blog with a great schedule idea: http://thrivinghomeblog.com/2013/05/how-to-make-your-summer-at-home-with-kids-count-part-1/#_pg_pin=498031)
3. Utilize SOME paper plates (sorry environmentalists out there but I can only mentally handle doing dishes if its under 3 hours a day!!!)
4. Be more realistic! I’m sure this will not be perfect, but I will learn and tweak as I go.
What are your strategies for keeping summer fun, productive, and free of whining?