Summer is a time for ....
- Staying up late. Last night, it was 10+pm before the kids were settled in beds. Maybe it was closer to 11pm. (for more, read "Summer Sleep, What time to bed?")
- More media. "Can we watch TV?", they begged, on a weeknight. It would never be a request during the school year, but - now that we are in summer mode - not only is it a request, it is a granted request.
- Playing outside until 8:30, 9pm. Before and after dinner, the kids are found outside, rollerblading, scootering, Skuuting.
- Playing in the neighborhood, unsupervised. In our current neighborhood, there is one street they are allowed to cross. All other times, they need to stay on the sidewalk.
- Exploring new boundaries of independence. I just sent my two older kids on an excursion to get groceries, the store is about 0.4mi away. They were successful, generally speaking.
- Sleeping in. We are lucky to have a schedule where my husband or I can work from home many days of the summer. Those late morning days are delicious and allow for some slow getting up.
- Trips to Grandma's and other relatives! We have found a chaperon (relative traveling the same itinerary as our kids) to accompany our two eldest kids cross-country to deliver them to their grandparents.
- The Summer Reading Program. Kudos to all the libraries out there and the volunteers that keep the summer reading programs exiciting for the kids. My kids do it every year and love it! Although my middle schooler reads over an hour a day, she refuses to fill out the little game card. She's too old for that.
Tell me more! What are you & the kids enjoying more of, now that it's summer?