Summer is officially here at the Nelson house, the kids finished up school last week and are now onto 2nd and 4th grade. WOW! I can’t believe that. Anyhow, summer inevitably means boredom at some point for my kids, which is fine, but when they get bored they tend to pick on each other more. A couple summers ago I found this printable by Becky at YourModernFamily.com and it has made for a happier mom and (surprisingly) kids over the summer. My kids seem to need some structure in the summer and this helps with that. This year I have modified the routine a bit to better suit our family and have made my own printable summer rules for kids. We are getting ready to head to Washington in July and visit 3 of the National Parks there but for the weeks we are home, the kids really do better when they know what to expect and what is expected of them. There is, of course, some flexibility to this as I know things inevitably come up that will require a change. So here’s my new list, which will likely be modified again as needed, but this is what we’re trying this summer.
Summer Rules for Kids
NO SCREENTIME UNTIL:
- You have read for 30 minutes.
- You have written a paragraph or done a page in your handwriting book.
- You have done a section in IXL or math on the iPad for 15-20 minutes.
- You have picked up your room.
- You have done one chore (and it has been checked & approved by mom or dad).
- You have played or done something creative for 30 minutes (and cleaned it up).
What works best for your family in the summer? I am always interested in learning what others do that works well for them.