Jun 22, 2018

Our Summer Schedule


One of the benefits of teens and tweens is that they willingly set their own schedule. We started off with a chart and some expressed expectations and now, a few weeks in, they are handling it easily all on their own. Here is how our day usually flows:
(all times are approximate)

8:00 to 9:00 (ish) Get up and eat breakfast. Everyone serves themselves whatever they feel like eating: pancakes, toast, cold cereal, oatmeal, eggs, etc.

9:30 First trip to the park. Kids will climb trees, practice photography, read, run around, ride bikes, study nature, sketch, paint, and whatever else they do there. I mention that it might be a good idea to clean up from breakfast.

10:00 Snack/ Second Breakfast I don't even know what they eat here. I go and hide so I can't hear the pantry crying.

10:30 Second trip to the park. Some kids will stay home and draw, build paper boats, work on bikes, practice music, build with Lego, read, craft weapons, play with dogs and other similar activities. I make noises about cleaning up from snack.

12:00 Lunch. The kids eat sandwiches, ramen, carrots and humus, fruit, chips, crackers, pancakes, noodles, soup, ravioli, leftovers, or whatever else they hunger for. Why/How do they hunger after all they have already consumed? I don't even know.

1:00 Swimming. Our pool is right across the street which is amazing. I love that they can just go, with no advance planning. It feels like we live in the "good old days" of my childhood. They grab towels, pool toys and goggles and return hours later damp, tired, and sun-kissed.

3:00 Snack. Yesterday Nate ate two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a bag of chips and two bean burritos. I wish I were joking. Then he inhaled a glass each of water, milk, and kool-aid. Then he asked what was for supper and started rummaging for popsicles.

3:30 Various people pretend to do chores but really just read and eat popsicles on the front porch. Lots of days Daniel takes a nap here. I expect him to really shoot up in height soon. He will go from third tallest to tallest overnight.

4:30 to 5:00 We start thinking about supper. The kids take turns being responsible for supper. We have some basic guidelines but they are all quite capable of feeding us respectably. I'm pretty proud of them.

6:00 Supper. People are hungry because it has been a couple hours since they put anything in their mouth.

7:30 Cleaning up from supper/ going to the park/ hanging on the porch/ watching a movie/ reading a book/ playing with the dogs/ Teenagers take showers/ Tweens talk about how they took a shower yesterday and really don't need another for a couple of weeks yet...

9:30 I start prepping for bed. The kids look for another snack.

10:00 I commend them into the hands of their night owl father and go to sleep as the party starts full force in their bedrooms. Why yes, people do believe that 11:30pm is a socially acceptable time to practice their ukulele. They really do! I don't know when they go to sleep. I don't know if they even really do sleep. Although I guess they must since I have to bullhorn them awake every morning.


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