20 days. We have 20 days until school ends for my kids, who are 14, 12, and 6 years old. I always feel relief and slight dread at the idea of summer. Without a plan, the older kids in our family would probably only do two things – sleep and play video games. Without a plan, they will probably get away with it! Here’s how we’re planning for a slow (and sane) summer rhythm.
Vision for the summer
You know how some people have a word for the year? Take a minute to think about what your word (or words) will be for the summer. When I closed my eyes and thought about what kind of summer I’m hoping for our family, these words came to mind: peaceful, fulfilling, and fun. What kind of summer rhythm will support the intention to have a peaceful, fulfilling and fun summer?Have you thought about picking a word for your summer? #summerplanning #momlife #summerrhythm Click To Tweet
I’m asking my children to also think about what they want for the summer. In our house, when Labor Day approaches, there is always a loud groan that “summer is almost over” and they didn’t get to do X. I asked the kids to think about:
- What will make your summer feel fulfilling when you look back on it?
- What do you want to make sure that you do on a daily and weekly basis?
- What is a project/interest that you want to work on throughout the summer?
We tried this last summer and it worked well to give us a framework for the days.
A daily summer rhythm
The best and worst part about summer is the lack of a predictable schedule. We’ve decided as a family that we’ll do things on a daily basis (especially before screen time):
- time outside
- work on a project or skill
A Weekly Summer Rhythm
We’re also planning on doing things on a weekly basis:
- trip to the library (to have plenty of things to read)
- water play (swimming/beach/spray garden/our backyard)
- local hike
What will your daily and weekly summer rhythm be for yourself and your children? #summerplanning… Click To Tweet
Will all of these things happen on a daily basis? It’s certainly possible, but they probably won’t happen every day. They certainly won’t happen every day in the same way or the same time, and that’s okay.
Our intention is to have a summer that will be fulfilling to all of us individually and as a family. Planning and communicating about what that will look like is the first step to a great summer.
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What will your word or words be for the summer? Do you have a daily and weekly rhythm or schedule?
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