Last summer I really felt like we needed more structure to our days. In past summers the boys all took an afternoon nap but last year was our first experience with no nap. We all thrive in a structured environment so since we didn’t have nap time as a pin in our day I thought we needed to have a schedule.
I’m not saying we woke up at the same time daily and always followed the schedule perfectly but it was a guide for me to keep on track for the day. It also allowed me to make sure I was giving myself a little break here and there to keep up with things like my writing and the gym.
For our family schedules are mostly for me. I find when I don’t have a list or a schedule I am disappointed at the end of the day feeling like I didn’t accomplish anything. If there is a project I really want to do with the kids or something I want to work on personally the scheduled allows me to see it and remember that I need to fit it into the day.
This is an example.
8:00 to 8:30 – Wake Up / Make Bed / Get Dressed
8:30 – Breakfast
9:00 to 10:00 – Gym
10:00 to 12:00 – outdoor activities or outings: pool / park / library
12:00 – Lunch
1:00 to 2:30 – Quiet time / Mom works
3:00 – snack
3:30 – Workbooks / Reading / Play games
5:00 – Make Dinner
6:00 – Dad time: Back to Gym / Play in yard / Swimming
8:00 – Bed
Monday – Gym and Pool Day
Tuesday – Pick out a new book
Wednesday – Try a new splash pad or park
Thursday – Movie Day or Pool Day
Friday – Field Trip Friday
Similar to what I mentioned in the Field Trip Friday post I want my kids to enjoy their summer but we do not have unlimited money to do things. I really try to say yes as much as I can so the lists help with this too. Often with a bigg-ish family it’s always what the group wants to do. With the summer lists it allows them to come up with things they personally enjoy.
About a week or two before school lets out I sit down with each kid and come up with a Summer List. They get to pick three things they want to do, want to eat, want to see. I also add things like three things they want to learn and responsibilities they will have in the summer. I am a goal oriented person and my Mom really started that with me as a kid so I think it’s a good way to get kids excited about accomplishing something in the summer.