We are now one week into summer vacation and “The Plan” is working out quite well which is a huge relief.
THE PLAN: I spent time really thinking about how to make this summer a good one. Left to his own devices my son would spend every available moment on the computer. I lean towards a more balanced use of time. So I made THE PLAN. No computer use until after lunch. And no he cannot eat lunch at 10:00am. And yes, he will try and push lunch earlier and earlier.
Instead we will spend the morning doing chores and errands, going on adventures, playing board games and three specific tasks: the 15 min room project, schoolwork and summer journaling.
It has to be done: I want my son to help with cleaning. I don’t want him growing up thinking things happen by magic or with no idea of the time and energy it takes to maintain a house. A few months ago I started with him doing one or two small tasks after school each day (dusting, emptying the dishwasher, picking up etc) and will build on those this summer. The truth is my son is a slob and I do not want any future partner hating me for not “raising him right”. I know I won’t change him but I hope to at least make him aware of his own messes.
Three tasks: Our three tasks will take less than an hour each day but I hope we accomplish a lot by the end of summer. One: The room project is simply giving his room a good clearing out 15 minutes at a time. He has a small room and a lot of stuff. A good purge is needed and a semblance of order brought to the current chaos. Two: Schoolwork will be focused mainly on practicing his math skills and work on his writing skills. Three: We are each going to keep a journal of the summer. It is a sneaky way to practice writing skills and creativity. We each bought a little journal and some stickers and some new gel pens to share. This is a task he is actually excited about now that he knows it won’t be just writing but drawing and stickers and whatever we want to use to document the summer.
I made a habit tracker for our three tasks. Working on thinking up some small rewards for meeting our goals. Any ideas?
Not all work: We also have two vacations planned, one to Toronto Canada and a camping trip up in the mountains.
Bucket List: I made a summer bucket list so when the heat or being housebound has fried my brain I can pluck something off the list. I mainly have activities that we can do at home because I have learned that most likely we will not want to go places in the heat or during torrential monsoon rains. That is just the way it is here. Our July is like other places February.
Not fancy but it works for us.
No post next week, we will be off on our big summer vacation trip!
Here’s to everyone having a great summer!