When I was growing up, my family didn’t do much in the summer. Sure, I went to camp, a local day camp. Our days had some activities like swimming and arts and crafts. No sports camps. No summer school, unless you really needed it. If your mom didn’t work, you could wander with your friends from dawn to dusk.
I want the same thing for my kids – the lazy days of summer. While we do spend time on summer academics, my kids’ days revolve more around outside unorganized play with their friends or going to the pool. We’re fortunate to have 3 other families withing our block of varying ages. Almost always, my kids have some one to play with.
We’ve fallen into a basic rhythm that my children love. We try to get to the pool twice a week, Monday and Thursday, weather permitting. We try to do a day trip on Fridays, again weather permitting. If we’re out one day, we’re home the next day. I hear talk of lemonade stands, catching fireflies, and creating movies. I see the kids playing soccer, or was it football, or maybe a combination of both? If a kid doesn’t like what one friend is doing, he or she is free to go play with someone else.
It’s a rhythm that works for me, too. I’ve read more books since school ended than I’ve read in a long time. I’ve also done trips with the kids and gotten some deep cleaning and painting touch ups done in the house. I’ve also hung out with a friend and her kids twice, not to mention relaxed by the pool.