It’s our first week of summer vacation. I love sleeping til I wake up (no alarm other then my 2 year old), pajamas til noon (because we can), grilling hotdogs for lunch (every single day cuz it’s SUMMER), swimming, eating too many Otter pops, and most importantly…playing with the kids. However, having all 3 kids home each and every day is a delight and a source of stress for me. You see, all the things I do while the baby naps and the older two are at school, still need my attention. I get distracted by the piles of toys that multiply like rabbits throughout the day. I get overwhelmed by double the lunch dishes. I get frustrated with the bickering. The kids eventually break me with their constant pleas to play the iPad, video games, or watch TV. In a weak moment I will let them have their electronic idols til their minds turn to mush.
Last year I read THIS post and it changed my life for the better. I could have my summer with the kids and enjoy it too. In a nutshell, this woman came up with the beautiful idea called Station Rotation. Pick 4 places in your house and create a 30 minute station. Get where this is going? 4 stations = 2 hours. 2 hours = our Charlie’s naptime. 2 hours for me keep up my responsibilities.
- iPad station
- reading station
- TV station
- chore station (sweeping, put clothes away, clean rooms, etc.)
- alternate stations depending on the day (piano, outside, shoot hoops, coloring/painting, play quietly in room)
So, I just helped you get enough time back to stay sane. What else is going to fill our summer days? I personally don’t like to over-book us. Let’s be real, most of us aren’t going to get to more then maybe 2 of those great ideas we pinned. Have you made the water blob yet? Me neither, but I do still think it’s a sweet idea.
Our summer will include swimming, vacation time, and sleeping in. Can you tell I really like to sleep in? Sure, 8 o’clock is getting up late for me, but I pretend it’s noon like the good ol’ days when I was a teenager.
What else are we up to?
- Library reading programs
- Gym time (kids love their club)
- Swim lessons
- Finding bodies of water
- Backyard pool fun – this is my favorite pool!
- Playdates with friends
- Chore Chart – kids actually beg me to make them charts (weirdos!)
Don’t forget to let them figure out things to do on their own. I love it when I find videos on my phone or I sneak up on the kids playing nicely together. Give them space to use their imaginations. I found this silly video on my phone. The kids were making a “Guardian’s of the Galaxy” movie.
Can you help me?
The biggest area I have yet to conquer with all the kids home is errands. Please comment if you have any brilliant tips. I dread going to Costco and Target (my 2 favorite stores) when I have to take all 3 kiddos. They are pretty good, but it takes longer, I need more eyeballs to keep track of them, and I know they hate shopping as much as I do. Please leave me a comment if you have shopping advice.