Summer Scramble

Do you have mixed feelings about summer, too? I look forward but also dread summer. I look forward to a looser schedule and my kids having fewer sports activities and less school work. This means extra time with the kids and vacations.

At the same time, I dread the fact that the kids could be screaming while I am presenting to my VP, or that as soon as I finish work, they will want to go out while I just want to go to bed or at least for 20 quiet minutes (my version of a commute).

Yes, the kids will go to summer camp, but there’s a break two weeks before summer camp begins in June and two weeks before school starts in August.

We need a game plan that will work for us. Here are some options:

Take a vacation: One option is to a take a vacation during these weeks, which leaves no vacation left for the rest of the year. Not the ideal solution.

Get a sitter: If kids are younger, this will help a lot. If they are older, this may not work as well—they already seem to have found their babysitter anyway: technology!

Library: Every summer, the first thing we do after school ends is to go to the library to stock up on books and sign up for their reading program. With online access to library books, we don’t even need to do that if our schedule is restrictive.

Restrict technology: This is the hardest one, but I am trying out imposing a rule of 1.5 hours of tech time daily, then finding other things to do.

Projects: Find projects for them to do. Clean out last school year’s papers and save the important awards and documents. Organizing may not be fun for them, but if you do it together and play some music, it may help.

Education: It is critical to keep the kids engaged with math and reading during the summer to avoid summer learning loss. Here are some tips from Edutopia.

Despite all the challenges, remember to spend at least nine minutes daily to connect with your children. If you have any other ideas, please share.