Last summer, in my usual fashion, I had printed out a calendar for each month, June, July and August. Then I poured over every summer camp brochure I could lay my hot little hands on. Children’s Museum, local private schools, Rec Center, Churches, etc., etc. Then I carefully planned to make sure that every week had a camp or activity, none overlapped and all were age appropriate. Yesterday, I sat down to do the same thing for this summer. And had a catharsis (probably instigated by this article about how stressed kids are today). This is rediculous! In summer the “livin’ is easy,” right? I need to try, at least try, to plan experiences that we can enjoy as a family. The girls need some fun experiences together and with me and even daddy on occasion.
So what is my first step? Poll Facebook friends of course. I got some really cool feedback and found some bloggy mommies who had the same idea:
One friend shared that the ladies in their neighborhood teamed up and did a VBS with each mom taking the lead for a day. Everymom got a little break and payment was just having to plan one day of activities for the littles. The plan for each day was based on the mom’s strengths. Good idea!
Another friend, who is a teacher, said “I usually start by making a list of all the things in town, museums, zoo, parks, etc that I want to visit, and then kind of plug them in the calendar around vacations, etc. watch the local paper for summer events, etc.”
Another mom did point out that one or two small camps might not be the worst idea, “so that they all get a break from each other (too much togetherness), but then the rest of the weeks have lots of family fun. Just something to consider!”
So here are some starting points. I will still probably do the printed out calendar and plan with my usual military precision, but hey, if it calms me and makes me feel in control, then go with it.
I mean, I’m not a control freak. What could possibly go wrong??
Other resources, for your consideration (I haven’t culled through these fully, just a quick google search)
So much out there!