Manic: Keeping bored kids busy during summer break and then once their summer camps do start, life is manic again because you are back on a schedule. It can be hard to find a balance between relaxing summer days and busy camp days.
Managed: I never thought of just asking my child if she had some things that she would like to accomplish during her summer break. And in fact, I didn’t….I just found her posted summer to do list in her room today. I love some of her ideas and I would have never dreamed that she wanted to learn a new language. I especially like that she wants to do some volunteer work, too. Take a look at her list, that pleasantly surprised me….and in case you can’t read it, I wrote it out below the picture. Oh and I love her typos because it reminds me that she even though she is changing daily and headed to middle school, she isn’t too grown up yet 🙂
Summer to – do list (just as I found it, with my comments in parentheses) in my girl’s room, taped to her mirror)…
*finish play (she is currently in the Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre “High School Musical” production)
*do some charity work (I love this one)
*learn a new language (this one took me by surprise)
*take a Red Cross baby-sitting course (great idea)
*learn a front walkover (another surprise)
*spend one day doing arts and crafts (I can make that one happen)
*design a fashion show with friends (very cool)
So there you have it….a tween’s list of ideas for summer fun. So do what I didn’t do and ask your kid what they have in mind for the summer. Some of their answers may really surprise you. Have your kids given you a list like this one? Tell us about in the comments section. I love to hear how their creative minds think and I love to share ideas. Happy summer!