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During the school year, we are usually so busy that every minute of every day has a plan. Now that we are in full swing of summer, schedules are so light that its hard to remember what day it is, or what I need to do! It takes a few days to adjust to the slower pace, but once we do, relaxation mode sets in!
What I have come to learn is that there are some things that just don’t really matter in the summertime!
- Bedtime – when my kids were younger, they still had bedtimes in the summer. Now that they are older, I have no idea what time they go to bed!
- Mealtime – Meals are happening, I think… My kiddos are really in charge of feeding themselves through the day, but they basically eat when they get hungry. Breakfast, lunch and dinner times are not relevant.
- Getting dressed – While my kiddos do shower every day, it usually consists of taking off one set of pajamas and putting another set on. And if they do get dressed, chances are they will be sleeping in them!
- Sleeping during the day happens regularly
- Electronics happen! As much as I’d like to say that my kids aren’t on electronics during the summer, I would be lying! They are always watching movies, playing games, or on You Tube!
As each summer begins, I usually have a grand plan of what the kids should accomplish; read books, complete daily chores, etc. I see all of these cool ideas on Facebook or Pinterest for summer chore charts or rewards systems for reading and I get inspired. Typically, I decide to implement one of these systems. I spend time and money creating a craft that I am hoping with help motivate my kids to accomplish these goals. The reality of it is, is that we (the kids and I) need a break!
I have come to terms with the fact that I am just not that mom during summer and I’m OK with that! Don’t get me wrong, my kiddos help around the house, work in the yard, etc. on a regular basis that that doesn’t change in the summer. I am just more realistic about how much ‘extra’ work they will do in the summer. If you are the mom that can get your kids to these activities in the summer, kudos to you! But, if you’re like me and have decided it just ‘let it go’, that’s OK too.