That phrase reminds me of being a teenager. Or sitting in a freshman college course and bombing a project. But the truth is that phrase packs a pretty good punch.
I sat down today and made my families “Summer Plan”. Every summer I seem to get to the end and wish I had done so much more.
You see, working from home is suppose to be this glorious thing that allows me to be productive and do whatever I want with my kids to boot. Well . . . it doesn’t work that way so much. During the course of any given day I feel like I’m pulled in so many different directions that I practically forget what day it is!
Furthermore, my kids seem to be growing faster than I gave them clearance for. I feel an urgent need to spend good time with them while they still want to spend it with me.
Thus, the need for a plan.
Now my plan is pretty simple. It accounts for a toddler in tow, a small budget and sticking close to home, but I still hope it provides enough summer fun for the 3 of them (ages 1-7).
Last summer we read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It all started with me deciding that I don’t want my kids to see the movie until they’ve read the book (which is now a universal rule at our house). We did it with Percy Jackson during the school year and they loved it. When we finished the book we had a big “jammie movie night” with popcorn and candy and sleeping bags and neighbor kids . . . the kids loved it.
This summer we’ve decided on The Chronicles of Narnia – Prince Caspian.
We’re going to hit a different park one morning each week. We’ll pack lunches and be home before the toddler’s naptime.
We have a family pass to a local childrens museum/garden and I plan to maximize it.
I also have some passes to various places that have been hanging around in my coupon envelope that have gone unused.
At Home Activities
It’s not really summertime without swim lessons is it? I’m looking at signups this week. Most of the programs that we would sign up for are 2 week programs.
The important thing about my list is that it is pretty close to free. The biggest costs with most of my activities will be food (with exception of swim lessons).
Also important – this list doesn’t stress me out. It’s doable. But if I miss something on it – we’ll all be just fine.
And most importantly, my list includes a lot of TIME. And that’s really my biggest goal for the summer, to spend lots of good time with each other.
What are you planning to do with your family this summer?
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