Summer Of Purpose
Have you ever found yourself caught off guard when summer rolls around? Then you had regrets of not having an action plan in place?
I KNOW I have many times! Yikes, this was NOT good!
This summer I wanted to make sure I was prepared with a plan. (Not that it will always go my way.) 🙂
I just wanted to make sure I had something in place to refer back to when I felt overwhelmed, like a schedule or activities to do.
In the past years when I didn’t have a plan in place it led me to feeling out of control and everything else around me was spinning out of control, including my children! Not good!
This usually led me to burying my face in a bag of cookies or chips. But this usually never solved the problem, so this year I am going with plan B and that is my action plan to have a “summer with a purpose!” I would like to share with you how I am going to TRY to have myself ready and prepared.
Take care of ME! If momma’s not happy, then everyone else around me is picking up my vibes. I will get to bed early, so I can wake up early and have my quiet time. If I am doing really good, I will get in 30 minutes of activity. I will spend 3 days of week writing until 12pm. I have asked my oldest son to baby-sit while I head to the library.
Monday-Friday the kids have to read for 15 minutes a day. They have to get in 30 minutes of activity, which they can choose. Anything from running, soccer, basketball, bike riding or walking the dog. Two days out of the week they have to do some sort of math online.
My husband and I have got a plan in place for summer time bed schedules. My 7-year-old heads to bed on school nights at 8:30pm and we upped it to 9:30pm. My 16 year old almost 17, heads to bed at 10:30pm on school nights and we upped his bedtime to midnight. We have put some parental control on our Internet to keep us all safe.
I have got a few phone numbers from other parents to have play dates with my 7 year old. We will spend time at the YMCA swimming, playing basketball. My 7 year old can go in the daycare and play while I workout.
I have already put some phone calls into friends that having swimming pools. We have plenty of parks to go to. Depending on the weather is how we will determine what activity to do for the day.
Don’t forget we are a TEAM and we ALL help around the house. I have made it clear what daily chores are. Like helping with dinner and taking out the trash and then there are their weekly chores, like cleaning their bedrooms and bathrooms.
I hope this information is helpful! Please don’t look at it and feel overwhelmed and please don’t think for a minute I will master this perfectly! I just know myself, I can’t think straight when I feel overwhelmed and kids are coming to me saying, “Mom, I’m bored. What can I do? Can I go to my friends house?” I’m sure you understand where I am coming from!
Friends, most importantly enjoy time with your children and make it a summer of purpose!