So we've talked about summer supervision, and vacations and such.
I am a creature of habit.
Since all of my kids are adults so for me it is BTDT so I will post about when they were younger.
Are your summer days varied, or do your kids get bored over the summer months?
We did not have a lot of variation in our summer days and yes the kids did sometimes get bored.
Do you schedule down time, and how much?
I think we did the opposite. We had a lot of down time with not a lot of scheduled time. The list of schedule things my kids did over the years if pretty short, story time/summer reading program at the library, VBS some years, one year the older two did pottery classes, one year DD2 took some magician classes, DD1 did cheerleading camp one year, all have been to church camp at least three times.
Do you have a day to day routine, even if one week looks different than the next?
That varied with my kids ages and also with where we were stationed at the time.
Do you find that you work status helps you establishing these routines, or hinders (or does it have no effect at all)?
I was a SAHM for 12.5 years and then worked for school systems and had summer off for the next few years so my kids were 16, 14 and 10 the first year I worked over the summer. I cut back my hours and got home about lunch time so it really was not much different than it would be if I were a SAHM. My kids tend to sleep in late in the summer so usually our mornings are laid back and any plans we have are done in the afternoon so that stayed the same no matter my working status.
Anything you've learned over the years that makes the summer months more enjoyable? Easier? Something you'll never do again?
Easier? Have the kids grow up. LOL.
I think sleep-away camp is a wonderful invention. Unfortunately we were only able to convince dd of this twice. Another two years she did day camp, which was OK but tiring for both of us (we had to get up horribly early and trudge to the bus stop). One summer we somehow convinced my mother to take her for 3 weeks. The rest of the time it has been mainly difficult, lol. When she was smaller, I tried to do some day and weekend trips with her and take her to the beach once in a while, but it never seemed very successful (I am not very good at those kinds of things).
By age 14 or so she started going to the beach alone with friends and that has been really good. This year she has also arranged a small vacation with some of her friends, so probably the simplest solution is to wait for them to grow up.
Well both my kids are still daycare age so the summer is no different than the rest of the year for us.
We have 3 short weeks of day camp planned and then 3 weeks, broken up, of vacation.
*Praying for my best friend, my Dad*
<<I guess you could call "down time" the 2 weeks I am off with them.>>
Are your summer days varied, or do your kids get bored over the summer months? -- *My* days aren't varied, but the kids' days are.
Do you schedule down time, and how much? -- We don't *schedule* downtime, but we aren't overscheduled with other stuff, so we get plenty of downtime. Lots of lazy Sat and Sun afternoons at the pool.
Do you have a day to day routine, even if one week looks different than the next? -- Early morning and early evening routines are pretty standard year round.
Do you find that you work status helps you establishing these routines, or hinders (or does it have no effect at all)? -- Work status is what creates those routines for us (i.e. dh and I have to leave by 7:30 every morning, we don't get home until 5:30, etc).
Anything you've learned over the years that makes the summer months more enjoyable? Easier? Something you'll never do again? -- Keep the pool bag packed at all times, lol. Leave on trips with a clean house and with laundry done and an outfit picked out for the day you get back. Set up a sprinkler system of some sort for the garden so you're not moving hoses every night.