We're one week into summer, and I woke up to horrible screaming at 6:45am. Daddy went to work and our little one was awake and unhappy about being left behind. Then the bigger one woke up, too. I turned on the TV and went back to bed. Don't judge. I'm not a morning person. Ten minutes later when it was evident that my kids could not handle one another alone, I sent them to their rooms. They played quietly for an hour. An Hour!
This is when I decided to institute Half Time.
Half Time is Quiet Time dressed up in a cool name. My boys don't nap anymore and are wise to the quiet time ploy. But geez, even strong athletes need a Half Time! The fact is, we can't handle being around one another from 7am until 8+pm every day. They get tired of one another and more fights ensue; the family room and yard need a kid break; I need to allow my mind to turn inward for a few minutes. The quiet time this morning reminded me that my kids like their rooms and need to learn and appreciate alone time.
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Therefore, Half Time. Schedules may vary, but I'm aiming for 3-4pm each day. Now we need to work on our wake-up time...
How do you handle summer routines and rest time?
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