The boys started their summer break last week. Over the last few years I have learned a few things about summer break with my boys, so I thought I’d share these insights with you.
- Turn off the alarm clocks! But, do not let them sleep forever. I have one son who still wakes up around 6/6:30am and one who would sleep until noon if I let him. I do not have their alarm clocks on, but I won’t let them sleep past 9am.
- Shift bedtime, but not too far. My boys go to sleep at 7:45 in the school year. In the summer it typically is 8:15pm. There is fluidness of it depending on what is going on in life, but keeping a consistent bedtime helps too.
- Create loose routines that help them keep in check. Children are used to being at school where life is all about routines and procedures, and they need this to feel comfortable and content at home. Some children still need hard fast routines, but I feel that most children do well with loose routines. My boys know that they need to work in their workbooks every day. They need to make their own breakfast and lunch. Once camp is done we will get into more of a routine that includes outside time, inside time and technology time.
- Make mealtimes special. I get the boys involved in grocery shopping as well as making meals. This summer they will each make one meal a month from scratch.
- Continue to limit technology and don’t allow your day to be structures around the technology times.
- Being bored is cured by cleaning. When my sons tell me they are bored I tell them what they can clean.
- Outside time is not optional
- Trips to the library brings new books to read
The boys are off at camp this week, but next week we will get into our summer life routine. We will head to the gym. They will help with the household chores. We will get outside. We will cook, play games, read and so much more together. Summer life is slower than the school year, but it needs to have a loose structure to prevent the summer slump and boredom.
What are your summer break hints and tips??