The crazy daze of summer is here again. The kids said good-bye to their teachers on May 23rd with excitement filling their every word, exuberance directing each of their actions. I anticipated relaxing mornings, with unrushed quiet times, some blog time and a chatty breakfast with my wide-awake boys (about in that order).
Then, I remembered last summer. Which truly was a crazy daze. Our plans for those two-and-a-half months off school filled up almost every day. From early morning swim lessons, to vacation bible school, camps, vacation and life, almost every day had something scheduled in it. August 21st rolled around, and I felt like we hadn’t rested at all. There’s nothing quite so discouraging as heading into a new school year tired.
How did this happen? In the attempt to keep the boys active, I made lots of plans—for learning skills, like swimming—and for fun. As a mother of boy children, I’ve discovered tired boys equals a good night’s sleep for all. But, I ended up exhausted by the end of summer. An exhausted Mama Takenaka equals a short-tempered mama. This isn’t good for any of us.
This summer I hope head off the crazy daze and find a better balance between giving our guys fun activities to expend their boundless energy and “down time.” I’m not sure exactly what that will look like yet. I just know I don’t want to get to August 20th before I can really breathe deeply again.
My goal for this summer “break” is to make sure we have down time scheduled into every day possible. Some days will just be busy. But some days, I will keep open for the unexpected. Which may look like having a game day at home, a trip to the park and leftovers for dinner. I want this summer to be one where we build some fun memories in the every day-ness of summer break.
I certainly don’t have all the answers when it comes to making summer break a true “break.” I’d love to hear your thoughts.
What about you? How do you incorporate rest times into the crazy daze of summer? What do your summers look like?
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