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Summer Planning for Families
Posted By Jessica Fisher On June 25, 2012 @ 8:06 am In Family Fun,Summertime | 24 Comments
Having a plan, even a loose one, can help summer days be more enjoyable and productive for the whole family.
Week two of our summer vacation is behind us. It was busy, as always. While it was happening though, I didn’t feel like I was accomplishing much. But looking at the list, I guess it wasn’t just all staring off into space. Here’s how we spent it:
While I did cross off a fair number of items from my to-do list, the days seemed to roll by in a daze. It reminded me of a book I once
read wrote. You know, The Summer Survival Guide .
I decided I needed a reread, so I spent some time this weekend reading and reminding myself of how to make the summer a little more intentional for me and the kids.
(It’s summer for hubs, too, but his daily routine doesn’t change as much as ours does.)
I printed out five copies of the Summer To Do List, and the kids jumped at the chance to fill out the forms. I was a little surprised, actually. In years past, I’ve had to nudge them to make me a list. But apparently, they were feeling it, too. The youngest ones were quick to hand their lists to a big brother and dictate what they wanted to do this summer.
I compiled their lists into one:
I was a little surprised at some of the things they put on their lists, like all-you-can-eat buffet and Souplantation? OK. Those were kind of random, but I’ll look into it.
I’m considering making an all-you-can-eat-buffet at home by getting their favorite take-out (pizza, fried chicken, Chinese food) and sodas and letting them have at it. They would be over the moon with that.
I’m also looking at adding some kind of rhythm to our weeks. It seems like the last two weeks have been filled with appointments. This kept us “doing something”, but not necessarily fun something. I talked about this weeks ago in this post , but it hasn’t yet come to fruition.
So, I’m looking at this formula to build our weeks around this summer:
- Bible time/family read aloud
- crafts, baking, creative play
- outside play
Throughout the week
- library – once a week
- play day with friends – once a week
- pool – at least four days out of seven
- movie nights – at least twice a week
- family outings (beach, pier, Souplantation) – once a week
- game night – once a week
I don’t want to fill every waking moment, but at the same time, we need a little structure and direction to help get us moving.
I’ll admit: with kids ranging in age from 3 to 15, it’s been a challenge to make things suit everyone. I’ve needed to provide for alternate activities in some instances.
And I still haven’t worked out a daily schedule/routine that works for everyday. Life is subject to change.
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