We had a day off of school a couple weeks ago and it about drove me crazy. I’m usually super excited for school to be done and have the summer to spend with my kids. There are all sorts of great summer activities for kids that we just can’t fit in during the school year. But this one day with everybody home drove out all excitement I had been feeling. It felt like every time I turned around I was hearing, “I’m bored!”, “What can I do?”, “Can I play video games?”.
What I kept hearing myself say in my head was, “I am not your cruise ship activities director!”. Though what I said out loud was something along the lines of, “Yay! I guess that means I’m doing a great job as a mom because kids need to be bored in order to use their imaginations. Now go figure something out.” While I tried to be calm about it, I have to confess that it got harder and harder the more times I heard those statements uttered. And I was scared for summer! I knew I had to come up with a plan that would work better than that day was going.
But as the “activities director” thought took root in my mind, I was blessed with inspiration for a super fun summer. I’ve already presented the plan to the kids and they are excited, too.
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This summer THEY will get to be the activities directors! Since we will have 9 weeks at home this summer, each of my 5 kids will get 2 chances (except the 3 year old who will just get 1 chance) to be our summer activities director for a week. They will have a