This summer we implemented some summer rules in our house. I introduced the summer rules yesterday to my kids. They immediately took to them like ducks to water.
This morning at 10:00 a.m. our house was quiet. My husband was in the kitchen. I looked at him puzzled and commented about the quietness. He mouthed in absolute amazement, "The kids are doing that list." They were in the sitting area at the table diligently creating their own comics. I smiled. Mission accomplished.
On the thirtyhandmadedays.com website I found a Summer Rules list. For ease of reference it is attached here: summer_rules.pdf.
I am laminating it so my kids can check off each one as they go with an eraseable marker. That way the Rules can be used fresh each day. It has practically eliminated the, "I'm bored. What can I do? Can I play on the phone? Can I play on the Wii? Can I watch...?" questions.
You may notice that this Summer Rules doesn't say how long the kid/s can play electronics, that is up to you. Since these Rules do things in 20 minutes increments, I tell them it's 20 minutes on the electronics. They also know electronic time is up to Mommy's discretion. Deciding factors would be how well they played together or how well they cleaned up their room and the like.
It's a great and fun way to organize summer days or even weekend days. I'm a fan!
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