Summer offers a welcome change of pace for families, but it's not easy to keep kids active and engaged. What to do? Structure is the key. Not a get-up-early-and-go-nonstop kind of structure, but one that provides schedules to follow, lists to mark off and projects to complete.
Before the last day of school, our family makes three lists. First, a list of fun summer activities such as library visits, swimming adventures and picnic lunches. Next, a list of chores done once or twice a year, such as washing windowsills, cleaning out closets and organizing bathroom drawers. Our last list includes projects that require thinking or giving, such as planning a vacation, redecorating a bedroom and volunteering for those in need.
We compile all this information, then make a daily routine and a weekly project list on a printed calendar. Each kid has a copy of the calendar in his room, along with a marker to chart his progress.
This article appeared in the summer 2012 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2012 by Marcy Lytle. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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