Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Summer: My way

After having done a few "summer breaks" since when my older kids started school, I have come to find I have a certain style.  A style much like my overall parenting style---Try not to stress myself out, cause then I get in mean mom mode.  There are lovely ideas, projects, and creative things to do with your kids, and sometimes I do them.  But I have found I can't pressure or guilt myself into doing them.  I hate to be controlled, even if it is by a plan of my own making :).

So, rather than make a list of things to accomplish this summer, or a strict daily schedule, I have found my zen in letting our days take us where they will.  I'm surprised how many creative and fun things we have done as a result.  They've been the kids' ideas rather than mine and don't involve a criminal amount of work on my part, which, as I said earlier, puts me into mean mom mode.  "Mean mom mode" kind of defeats the point of the lazy days of summer, in my opinion.

Anyway, now that I have justified myself, I'll share my plan.  We're gonna have a summer bucket list,'ll just be made after doing rather than before.  I'll keep track of it here so that in true blog form I can brag and you can envy my supercreative mom abilities, but the bonus will be that I won't have to do all that planning and stressing to make sure we do things.  Win, win, right?


  1. I always love your posts, you have good ideas, and I agree summertime should be stress free and lazy! I miss you and your family, where are you guys moving to?

  2. So fun! My kids still have two more weeks of school. I will unfortunately be in the "getting ready to move" mode as we're headed to Saudi Arabia in August. For the most part, I intend to let the kids have some lazy fun days.

  3. I'm really glad you posted this because it completely resonated with me. I started keeping a list of our "summer fun" the day you posted this (sorry for the late comment!). It has actually been a true blessing to me because this has turned out to be one of the hardest summers of my life, and being able to look at the list of what we HAVE done has made a big difference for me. So, thank you!

    On another note, I saw your other recent posts on my reader before you deleted them. It sounds like you have been having a very difficult time. I am so sorry. I'm glad you have sold your place and are ready to move on from there. And I'm glad you will be close enough that we can still see you sometime! I'm planning to drive to KC for TOFW again this year--I would love to have you join us if you are up to it! Sending you a hug.


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