Photo by Michael Johnson
Summer's in full swing, and it finally feels like it in the Northeast! Sometimes when seasons change it takes a while to settle into a new routine with children. Hot weather is (hopefully) here, school may be out, and life is a little different.
At times like these in our home, it helps me to have a gentle framework to our days - a loose structure to provide direction to the hours we spend together.
Here's what our "Summer Rhythm" looks like at the moment:
6:30 - I'm up, dressed, computer time
7:30 - Kids up and dressed, breakfast
8:15 - Children begin their play times; I help them and tidy up
10:30 - Parks, beach, walks, museums: following the spark where it leads!
1:00 - Lunch and storytime together
2:00 - Kids have rest time in their rooms; I write, email, rest, and read
3:30 - Wake up, snack, and more stories
4:00 - Kids watch video while I clean
4:30 - Playtime outside together
6:00 - Another video while I make dinner
6:30 - Dinner
7:00 - Baths for little people
7:45 - Kids head to bed; Steve and I work or relax together
10:30 - I love climbing into bed these days!
We're not bound to these details or times, but having them in place provides a natural, easy flow to our days. I can relax and fully celebrate the joys of summer while knowing the important duties of life will still get done, too.
What does your summer rhythm look like?
Photo by Louise Docker