This is my summer...
...and I love it!
With 3 boys on 3 different teams, we have a game up to 5 nights per week! Even though our evenings are busy, I don't long for the season to end as with other sports. I enjoy being outdoors, leaving my to-do list at home, and watching my boys have fun.
So what about during the day? I like to keep a little structure in our daytime routine when school is out. Every year looks a little different. Here's a few of our "summer rules" for this year:
- Unplugged from 10-2. No video games, ipods (except for music), or tv during these hours.
- Chores 2 days per week. I put all the chores needing to be done that week on slips of paper in a bowl. For 1/2 hour on these two days, we randomly pull out chores and keep busy. It gets the house tidy and allows me to teach them how to clean.
- Bible for a Buck. This is something new I'm trying. I'm having this be an optional 1/2 hour time, 2 days per week, in which they earn a dollar for participating. Since concession stand money is a big motivator, so far it's worked well! I got a DVD teaching series by Chip Ingram entitled "Why I Believe". The sessions give logical arguments and evidence for why Christianity is true. I know some of the information is over their heads - but I wanted to give them a basic understanding of why we believe what we believe.
The library's Summer Reading Program and various day camps add some variety to our days as well. I like to keep my boys active, yet still have some downtime to just relax and enjoy being together.
If you have any ideas for summertime activities/routines that have worked well in your home, please comment!