Here is it, the first week of summer vacation. Its time to start a new routine for you and your family, transitioning to ways your family can make the most of summer. Summer routines start now!
- Have a family meeting where you talk about what summer means to each family member. Talk about how you can be a team this summer and about each person’s growth. It can be working together on a family project or fun activities. For individuals, it can be becoming a better reader, building more confidence with math (for parents this is balancing your checkbook), taking on a new challenging sport (I see moms who are becoming triathaletes), or just deciding you are going to have more family time together.
- Write up a checklist for your kids to accomplish each day, including chores and their chosen challenge. Decide on a completion time for the checklist, so without controversy and conversation it is done.
- Establish a bedtime for parents and kids this summer, including curfews for older kids.
Starting your summer routine also requires commitment. If these routines do not go as planned, press the “reset button” and start again the next day.
What routines are you starting this summer?
Join me for summer fun!