You may have noticed my posts aren’t coming out as regularly as they have been in the past. I’m sorry about that. By nature, I’m a very routine centered person. Things in my life only get done if I follow the routine that allows for the time to get them done.
Take this blog for example. Most of you know that I’m a teacher. During the school year it is pretty easy to develop a routine to accomplish everything that needs to be done, in a small amount of time. I’d get up at 4:30, and get an hour or so of work done on my blog before getting the kiddos up and off to start our day. This schedule was very productive and allowed me a set time to work. Then summer hit. Bam!
“He hit me!!”
“I did NOT!”
For a few weeks now, my kids have been a bit off. You know, left of center- bickering, being mean and argumentative. I couldn’t figure out what was going on with them and it hit me-routine. We have not been able to settle into any discernible routine. Summer hit in full swing and I was left with sheer craziness.
Obviously I love summer. There really is no better time of the year than summer (I’m sure darling hubby would argue this) but seriously, it’s awesome. I get to spend hours with my kiddos, we get to take trips to visit family, and we have time to sleep in (my personal favorite!). But we have had some difficulty falling into any sort of routine which has led to absolute chaos. Cue fighting kids, piles of laundry, toys scattered everywhere. Basically, World War III in our house. Waves of conflict have been felt worldwide. England left the EU, we are left with Trump and Clinton for presidential candidates, and #beastmode has taken over Twitter. Yep, chaos has reigned supreme.
So, what have we learned from this little summer experiment? As much as we love the freedom of summer, my children (and myself) need some structure. We need routine. We thrive in routine. It’s still summer, we don’t need military precision, but we need something. All children, and adults for that matter, need boundaries, routines, and expectations for behavior. This is why my kids have been running around like wild banshees and fighting with each other 24-7.
With that in mind, here are some things I’ve been kicking around…
Get Moving Monday-Monday is for catching up with everything that didn’t get done over the weekend. This can be such a lengthy list. I’d love to use this time to work with the kids on something very active- practice soccer, develop our amazing dance moves, or maybe make an obstacle course.
Time for Chores Tuesday– got a chore we’ve been putting off? Today’s the day. I’d also like to use this day to teach my littles how to do simple, helpful chores around the house.
Why Not Wednesday-Wanna draw the shades, make popcorn, and watch movies today? Why not? Wanna get down the science kits and do some experimenting? Why not? Anything goes today.
Tour the City Thursday- Today’s the day to get out, run errands, and visit our favorite places around town. We are on a budget, so we try and stick to parks, playgrounds, or places where we have memberships already, like the zoo or aquarium.
Family Fun Friday-During the school year, we traditionally stop for donuts on Fridays. Amazing as it may be for you to believe, this is one thing my kiddos have not let me forget. Darling hubby gets off early on Fridays so we love having a lazy morning then going out together when he gets home. Ideally I’d like to institute this as family game night, but that may take some time since my little are still so…well, little. Check out Family Fun Ideas if you are looking for some ideas for family fun on a budget.
Will this work? I have no idea. But at least it’s a start. We have a game plan and having that alone makes me feel much better. What about you? How does your family handle routines and changes in them? Does craziness reign supreme at your house like mine? What kind of summer routines have you settled into? Any at all?
I have a lot of awesomeness planned for you lovely folks this week.
- Keep your eyes peeled for a beautiful free printable to keep track of your routine to (attempt) to stay on track and productive. Well, we can try and plan right?
- I have an amazing Crock Pot Cream Cheese and Ranch Chicken dinner recipe headed your way. Here is a great (easy) Grilling Recipe you might like to check out.
- I have a roundup of the things most pinned on the Pinterest this week.
- A review of some of my favorite summer reading books for adults. (score!). Looking for bedtime stories for littles? See my recommendations here.
Cheers for summer fun!