School’s out! Hooray! It’s SUMMER! (Gwinnett County gets out today, but the rest of Georgia will soon follow.)
There are very few sentiments that parents feel as excited about as kids but I think summer is one of them. (Christmas and Disney World are others.)
We love our teachers and we love our school, but I am so thrilled to have three months off from our regimented schedule. I am excited that the kids can sleep in. I am happy they can go back outside to play after dinner. And it’s such a relief not to have to say “Ok, it’s time to do your homework!” (Not to mention no more extra-curricular activities to drag three kids to.)
So I’m looking forward to having all this special unstructured time with them, but then the reality sets in. I have three children, 8,6 and 2, at home with now 24 hours a day for three months. What in the heck am I going to do with them?
My boss recently asked me this very question and I told her: “I plan to wear them out. Tired children are good children.”
We are mainly going to go the YMCA in the morning. They will play while I work out. (The older kids have basically like a camp program – play outside games, and then have indoor time with ping pong and other games. The baby gets to play on the little playground and with toys inside.) Then we’ll swim with our friends and have a picnic. And then we’ll come home, and they will be exhausted. The baby can nap. The big kids can play in the basement, and I will have some quiet work time.
We are going to have a couple of more structured weeks – art camp for Walsh and math camp for Rose (both at their request), and VBS for the whole family. All of those activities will be in the morning so they should be tired by the afternoon. Throw in a visit from friends from out town, a short Disney trip and longer beach trip and bada bing that’s a summer!
So my questions for you are:
Are you just as thrilled as your kids about the impending summer?
What’s your big plan for the summer? Structured time at home? Day camps? Spend the night camps? Academic camps? How much academics do you try to cover during the summer?
Also I want you to think back about what are your favorite summer memories? Which ones have stayed with you through the years? Maybe that will help you plan activities for your kids.