I’m not one of those moms who look forward to spending a long, lazy summer vacation at home with the kids. I’m one of those moms who wish the kids could stay in school all summer long.
I love my kids, but I don’t love having them all around the house, all day, every day, all summer. So I make schedules for them. They’re not too rigorous or inflexible, but it helps prevent too much milling around the house in boredom. It also alleviates some of the zombie-eyed screen infatuation, by making them do things outdoors and away from electronics.
Here is a worksheet I put together this morning. The kids resist having all of their time managed by Mom, because it feels too much like school and not enough like vacation. I’m hoping that this system will be a good compromise, allowing them to have some control over their time, while still fitting in the things I feel are essential, such as personal hygiene, nutrition, brain exercise, and outdoor fun.
It’s free to download and print, and you can also customize it for your own family. If you find it helpful, please leave a comment and/or share a link to this post with your friends. Happy vacationing!
Even though it’s summer vacation, my kids and I need some structure to our days. To aid my never-ending battle against entropy, I put together this schedule this morning. Though the kids say it’s too much like school, it makes sense to have something down on paper.
This reminds us what needs to be done each day, and still leaves time for “recess,” video games, and time to be bored. “Mom School” is my name for the little bits of academic review we do (math facts, mostly).
I’m sharing this here in case it helps your family, too. Put it into a plastic page protector or laminate it, to keep it from being destroyed too quickly. If you cover it with plastic, you could even use a transparency marker to cross off the completed tasks and wipe it off for re-use at the end of the day.
Geek Mom’s old-fashioned, non-electronic, free outdoor summer vacation activities. Hey, kids. If you are bored, go outside and be bored until you’re not bored any more. You will survive. You will figure out what to do, and you will even have fun! Here are some ideas to get you started.
School’s out, and summer vacation is in full swing. Or full boredom, as my kids would have me believe. As much as I enjoy technology and gadgets, my kids and I benefit from some unplugged time. However, as soon as I turn off the electronics, I’m hit with a barrage of “I’m booooored. There’s nothing to do. Can I have a turn on the computer?” This annoys me.
Excuse me while I indulge in a bit of reminiscing…
Listen up, children.
When I was your age, we didn’t have cable TV. We had three channels, and cartoons were only on Saturday mornings.
We didn’t have a computer.
We didn’t have video games.
We didn’t have air conditioning.
We had bikes and sprinklers and mosquito bites and neighborhood kids to keep us entertained all summer.
And Dad made us work in the garden.
So if you are bored, go outside and be bored until you’re not bored any more. You will survive. You will figure out what to do, and you will even have fun! Here are some ideas to get you started.