I know that returning to school is most likely not on your mind at this time. For me, I assumed summer duties a week prior to school ending: things like getting bathing suits in order and buying summer gear which included sun screen and beach toys. I had even heard the roars of my children noting their longing for sleeping in and avoiding nightly curfews. However, experience tells me that summer will go by quickly and the further I allow my family to get away from morning routines the harder they will be to reinstate come the return of school.
So for me, this summer I will be enforcing daily routines. I hope to provide an extra hour of sleep in the morning and replace getting ready for school with some morning chores: making beds, making breakfast, and taking a liesure walk. Serving early dinners is one of my goals. I am hoping to serve by five and then play board games and cards. To battle the night cries, I have instated all lights out at nine-oclock and have set the family room up with blankets and pillows for light-evening television viewing. My hope and dream is to transition the family easily into the new school year without having to reset our schedules dramatically as we have for years past. My wish is for a peaceful calm summer with an easy transition into the school year. Wish me luck and send me your ideas for summer routine.