Summer has been in full swing at Cara's house for a few weeks now, and Linda's starts this week! If your kids are in preschool or school, the start of summer marks a (usually welcome) change in the routine. But even if they aren't, somehow summer implies permission to take things a little slower - put your feet up with a cool drink, blow off cooking dinner in favor of sandwiches and salads, hit the pool, or just watch the kiddos run through the sprinkler.
Having said that, y'all know that Bunches of all ages do better when they have A) structure and routine and B) things to do! A little bit of freedom is good, but a too much of a good thing will be your undoing, we promise!
To that end, at the Fox household we kicked summer off with a two-pronged approach to structure. One is a daily/weekly schedule that lays out things like who's at camp, when we have swim team practice, playdates, etc. Although we're flexible on scheduling, we try to stick to a routine that involves swim practice/swimming the am when it's cooler, lunch, quiet time while the baby naps, and then playdates/indoor arts and craft, library, children's museum, or a little tv/computer in the blazing hot afternoon hours. Bedtime is a little later than normal, but generally speaking we are *trying* to stick to some sort of regular routine and keep structure in our day.
The other (much more fun) thing we did was come up with our Fox Family 2011 Summer Fun list. These are all the things we want to do this summer! On weekdays or weekends when we've got a gap in the schedule, we consult the list and pick something to do! I wish I could take credit for this brilliant idea, but I totally stole it from a Baby Bunching friend and it works like a charm - AND works with kids/families of all ages. So get out your calendar and list-making materials and schedule yourself some FUN over the next few months. Happy summer!