"You know you will have seven kids at home all day, every day pretty soon?" Mom Dot, always the eternal optimist, said to me not too long ago.
I responded with the truth: I love summer. I love everything about it. Scheduled activities slow to a crawl with Sunday morning church practically the only commitment on the calendar. Longer days mean later afternoons at the beach which beg for quick, easy dinners. And late nights mean later mornings (the kids, that is--I am up early for some solitude. As the saying goes, you snooze, you lose). Top it off with a week of VBS and a family vacation, and you have a perfectly satisfying summer season.
I use to wing summer, but now I do have some summer strategies. I think it was the day that one of my teenagers came down the stairs in a green bathrobe at 11:00 am and with furrowed brow asked, "What's for lunch?"
Uh, for some reason, a light bulb went on. I knew immediately I needed more structure.
Chore lists are posted ("I remember the Chore List!" Bethany chimed in yesterday when she called as I was printing it.) Among other things, each kid is in charge of one room of the house. Six able bodied kids at home (I give Hope a break) in charge of six rooms practically covers the whole house.
And I regularly peruse the 75% off rack at my favorite consignment store (I'll share the link, but save some stuff for me--www.sweetrepeats.net) I was there just before school got out, in fact, and the owner commented on my large purchase of games, books and puzzles. "I have seven kids at home and summer is here," I said. "Say no more," she replied. (And after my credit, my total was only $16, to boot.)
If summer turns you into an uptight mama, take heart. With just a little effort, even the most disorganized moms, like myself, can embrace every part of summer--including when it's over.