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Summer of Sanity - 2015

I had the luxury of preparing for last summer while on maternity leave last spring and now I find myself scrambling to get things around for this summer.  There are some things I want to keep and some things I want to change.  The boys are older now so their needs have changed, and well so have mine with 3 kids and no more newborn stage for Cora.

I definitely am planning on keeping the Screen Time criteria.  The problem with allotting them 30 minutes last summer was at about 7:45 every morning, they were begging for it.  This time I'm going to require specific tasks to be done before they even approach me on the topic.

We're still busy with sports and scouts during the week at least through June.  July seems to be mostly free and August barely counts since we'll be back to school before the 2nd week. Wah. Wah,.

We're about 5 days into summer and the boys are once again loving their charts and are busy looking for how to fill their own free time without me having to plan and dictate every minute of the day for them. Here's what the charts looked like for this summer:

June 1st
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Enrichment







Screen Time







Reading







Chores







Followed Directions



















Enrichment means they must do something that enriches them such as crafts, coloring, practicing schoolwork, math, science, critical thinking, etc.  This doesn't mean ABC mouse or anything involving a screen.  We haven't ever done chores before, but they are enjoying trying to find ways to help around the house.  They are both excited about the reading program at the public library, so that task has been easy to fill.

This summer is also a welcomed relief because the boys are finally old enough (or are they?) to play outside by themselves without me being mother hen to them.

They have yet to choose a reward yet, but I'm not pressing them for one.  I kinda want to see if they just enjoy this all for the sake of being organized and encouraging their own decision making and self-discipline.  I sound like a Nazi parent, but I swear I'm not.  Truly, we enjoy the summer days and they are not rigid at all.

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