It’s beyond the time to start thinking about what to you with your kids (and mine) for the summer. Many schools have already let out for the summer by at least a week or two. Mine will be “freed” tomorrow. You’re probably curious to know what me, The Wellness Boss, has planned for my kids? Well, nothing. Well, not exactly nothing. I do have more chores lined up for the summer then I normally do during the school year because, as you know, school, homework and school activities are kids’ full-time “jobs” these days.
During the school year, my soon-to-be 10 year old daughter has to keep her clothes off of the floor, every floor throughout the entire house along with any toys or evidence of one of her imaginative “projects.” And she has to put away the silverware from the dishwasher and help carry in the groceries. My 15 year old son has to clean out the rest of the dishwasher, empty the kitchen garbage container (remembering to put in a replacement bag), carry in the groceries and also keep his walk-in closet clean. During the summer, I take the chores up a notch or two.
After all, they are no longer “working” at their full-time day job. During the summer, in addition to the regular school-year chores, my daughter will make her bed every morning, wipe the kitchen table after each meal, and help pull weeds in the yard. My son will make his bed, clean his own commode in his bachelor pad (en suite bath), and cut the front and back lawn. I also reserve the right to spontaneously add any chore that is age-appropriate and needs to be done. Okay, so this doesn’t sound like much fun for the kids but it is fun for me! Ha Ha Ha
I am always amazed at how many other kids do not have any chores no matter the time of year. I was raised with chores and I turned out better than “okay.” Therefore, if I walked “five miles to school during a snowstorm” so can my kids. The point being is that chores build character, foster responsibility and build self-esteem/confidence.
It trains these young kids to become responsible adults and preparing kids for adulthood is a full-time, thankless yet rewarding job we parents do on any God-given day.
Okay, so now you’re thinking what my kids will really do for fun in the summer?! They’ll hang out with friends, do some family trips, play tennis, do some solitary activities, and be bored, just like me when I was growing up…