Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Schedule Consolidating: How We're Staying On Track AND Keeping It Simple

Making a flexible summer schedule to have a fun and productive summer I'm pretty sure my kids go to school longer than anyone in this entire country, but despite the fact that they are still.not.done., summer has arrived.

And with that freedom feeling to our days, I start to think about how to best spend our summer time in a way that both enriches us all with fun, expansive experiences, and offers us oodles of rest. Schools ask an awful lot of our kiddos these days, and their little brains and bodies need to stretch, sleep in, and slow down. Heck, same here.

Summer's comfortable fluidity suits me so well, but it requires special effort not to squander it, too.

So I try to overcompensate and make these detailed schedules so that I leave myself very little room to sit around wondering what I should do. That's when my rebel nature kicks in and I think, nah...I'm not doing that, 20+ times in a given day.

So what's the solution?

I got the idea from a book I recently read - Love The Home You Have by Melissa Michaels. This was, of course, in the context of housekeeping, but she suggested creating 4 or so simple routines to carryout within a day. Encasing specific tasks within a routine consolidates them in a way that doesn't feel quite so daunting and controlling.

Four routines is a perfectly fine amount for the operations of a home, but when guiding three little ones through endless summer days, I felt a few more were in order. So ours are:

Morning Routine
Lunch Routine
Free Time
Afternoon Routine
Bedtime Routine

They basically still have only 4 routines with some specific time blocks between them, but those time blocks have restrictions within them. And each of the routines have specific things to accomplish, too. But doesn't it all look nice and neat in a stacked little list like that? So much simpler.

There will be days filled with playdates, outings, vacations, and a few tantrums thrown in for good measure, but this little compass to our summer days should help us stay on the right track.

How does your family balance down time with productivity on summer vacation?


By the way, if you're curious about what each of these routines contain, here's a PDF of our full schedule...the detail is just there to help us set habits for each of our routines, nothing is set in stone!

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