Confession: I’m so happy to have my son Aarick home from school for the summer; it means some super hired help.
games chores begin.
Really though, I’m grateful for more reasons than that. I find it delightful having a son old enough to crack jokes, carry on near-adult conversations, and work so well alongside me. I’m ready to spend more time with him again, enjoying his strengths and working with him on his weaknesses.
I’d like to think of his time this summer in quadrants—four essentials to guide each day, with plenty of nil time for padding.
- Folding laundry, unloading the dishwasher, caring for a brother/sister, running errands for me, scrubbing areas of the house, tidying rooms, feeding the animals, volunteering (work days at church, projects for the ill or elderly), weeding his garden square, getting the mail…
- Vigorous play outside—with the rebounder, the puppy, the creek, bicycles, shovels, races, stunts, trees, tire swings, mud holes… oh man. How did that one get in there?
- Still play, but quieter. Could include Legos, K’Nex, make believe, forts, art projects, French and Indian war reenactments…
- This one I will have to limit, not encourage. But it’s an essential. We’ll keep a stash of library books in a crate in our living room, refreshing them every two weeks. Aarick loves mysteries and junior biographies. I sneak in classics and informational books to round out his diet.
What are the essentials for your child’s summer days? What framework do you use to keep him busy and happy?