Do you have a summer schedule or are you taking it day by day? It's hard to keep kids busy each summer day? I've decided this year we are going to break our day into sections. I'm going to start my day getting up before the girls and going to the gym. That way I will feel better and be able to handle whatever the day throws my way. Then we will have "reading, writing and math practice." I've found some good apps for the I-pad and I've ordered "Handwriting without Tears" books to practice writing and spelling. After our hour or so of "summer school" we will get ready for the pool or beach. When we come home for some short quiet time. This will be the tricky part but between I-pads, Kindle's and a computer I think they can handle the 30-45 minutes of quiet. Then they can have outside play and I will start prepping for dinner. We always have more outside time after dinner then our bedtime routine begins.
Of course, there will be days when we are moving things around and we may not keep to our "loose" schedule. It is more for me than the kids. I need to have things in my bucket to keep them entertained. There are a ton of wonderful ideas on Pinterest and other websites if you are looking for some ways to entertain the kids. We also have a lot of day trips and family vacations planned which we are all excited about.
Summer is a time of fun, but for some parents it can be a time of stress (having the kids home all day can be tricky). Don't let it stress you out. Make the best of the time together and relax. It's only approximately ten weeks and the big yellow school bus will be pulling around the corner again!
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
― John Lubbock, The Use Of Life