The kids are home from school, thankfully. We don’t have to run out early in the morning. We don’t have to be anywhere. yeah! Except fill 12 long hours with fun summer activities for kids! What?! How did that happen? I thought this was supposed to be restful! I thought I would get to read in my hammock! #wishfulthinking 😉
My sharp-mommy-mind 😉 realized that I better come up with some structure, or else my kids will be driving me crazy, want me to entertain them, or end up binge-watching “Barbie Dreamhouse.” None of those are good scenarios.
We decided that we would take a two-hour block of time each morning to get all their chores and goal-work done. They stay busy and I can work, instead of nagging them to finish their chores. And, as an added bonus, the chores won’t drag on all day.
What is goal-work?
We asked our kids during our family meeting, what they would like to participate in next fall at school. From those answers, we were able to craft some smaller, daily goals.
i.e. my son wants to make the JV basketball team, so his goal-work is to practice b-ball daily + do weight training.
I generally plan one fun thing to do each day in the afternoon, it could be bike to the library, invite friends over, go to the pool, or see a $1 movie. Simple stuff, but it helps them to have something to look forward to.
Daily, I want them to do:
- something creative
- something active
- something educational
- something together
- something for someone else
I did the Olympic theme on this printable in honor of the summer Olympics in Rio this year! I hope these make your life simpler this summer and helps your kids accomplish good things!
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I printed these on cardstock, then laminated only to the tear-off portion. Once they finish all the activities, they then can tear off the day’s tag, write their name on it and put it into a jar. You can do whatever you want for the prize that gets drawn. The prize winner gets to pick their favorite activity that day or, you take the whole troupe for ice-cream. Whatever is a treat for your family, use that as motivation.
(note: my kids are pre-teens. Parents of littles, someday there will be some golden years where the kids are self-sufficient and not yet teenagers, then they will be able to do two hours of chores/activities without your reminders. 🙂 )
Blessings on your summer!