Guys. Summer Vacation. It’s coming. Not for a couple more weeks; but I’m filled with both excitement and dread. I’m excited because a) I love hanging out with my kids, b) I love not having a rigid schedule and c) no homework to contend with every day! I dread it because a) I won’t be alone for 3 months–like approximately zero time to myself, b) I have to deal with lots of boredom and bickering, and c) I have to push/force/bribe them to keep learning so their brains don’t turn to mush over the summer. I can’t really change the no time to myself thing; but I can pre-empt the learning thing and the boredom thing. So here’s a quick fix for the summer boredom: These summer lists provide 200 fun summer activities that take little to no-preparation. Most of them are free or inexpensive; and my kids love the checklist format. It’s almost like a challenge to see if we can complete both checklists by the end of summer. You can download and print them both here:
I’ve got a couple ideas about how to deal with learning and managing screen time for my oldest; but I still need to fine tune my plan a bit. I’ve got the kids signed up for several summer camps to make sure we’re up and out of the house at a reasonable time. Throw in a couple trips to Grandma’s house, a day trip or two and a handful of hikes and I think we’ve got recipe for a winning summer vacation. At least I’m going in with a good attitude, and that can’t hurt, right? I’m sure I’ll be a frazzled mess, whisper-yelling at them in the grocery store before I know it. But until then, here’s to summer vacation!