Ten Weeks… the typical length of my children’s summer holidays, give or take a few days.
Over the past two summers, I have organized my children’s ten weeks at home via a series of daily themes and activities which keep them occupied without making anyone crazy and without breaking the bank.
When I shared these experiences with friends and acquaintances over drinks or social media, I most often met with two types of responses: 1) the incredulous – “I don’t know how you do it! You make me look like the worst parent ever! OMG I just set my kids in front of the tv and hand them the remote!” and 2) the secret-wheedling – “Tell me how you do it! You need to write this stuff down! Is there a handbook for this?”
First of all, let me say, if it didn’t make my life easier, I wouldn’t do it! Sure, I would like to claim that the primary reasons for my attempts to run our summers on a schedule are to support my children’s creativity and imagination, to introduce them to the cultural life of their city, and to keep them physically and mentally active. Still, as much as I aim to do these things, the primary goal has been to make things easier on myself, my husband, and our extended family, and to wrangle as much time as possible during the day to concentrate on my own work as a writer.
This journal is an attempt to convert the incredulous to my easy-living ways by sharing my so-called secrets. Over the next few weeks, I will discuss what we’re doing right (and wrong) in this, our third, “Summer of Funner,” and share some of our successes from previous spring and summer holidays.