Last year I wrote about our first summer together, my first summer not working in 8 years. What I learned from that summer: my kids super hated the schedule I had created to provide some structure. So now we tweak.
This summer, I’m relaxing with the schedule. I have some rules, but no schedule per se. And it certainly isn’t printed out and taped to the cupboard. Someday my kids will be planners, right? :/
Here’s what I’ve decided for this year. At 9am, I feed anyone who hasn’t already eaten, and all screens are turned off. We all get our chores done. If they choose to waste time instead of work, I don’t nag them. But when a friend comes knocking, they will be turned away if work isn’t done. Then we play. All day. At 5pm screen time is back and I cook supper.
That’s it. Everyone is happier. I have also budgeted a certain amount of fun money for each week of the summer for ice cream, donuts, cheap theater, etc. When it’s gone, it’s gone. This has created some great opportunities for compromise and understanding a budget!
And here is our chore chart for the summer. I even added mine so they don’t think I get to be lazy all summer
Happy summer, friends!