We started something new this summer, honestly so I didn’t pull my hair out answering the question “Can I watch a show, can I play on the iPad.” During the year it’s easy enough because we have school and a schedule but in the summer I don’t think their little minds understand WHY we say no to early morning screen time. I’m all about the BREAK in summer break- I really want my kids to have fun, to be able to stay up a little later, eat Popsicles, have friends over, etc. But I needed a better reason why TV shouldn’t be on at 6 am other than “not right now” or “because I am the boss of your universe.” Anyway, saw this on pinterest and modified it for my kids. It’s laminated and so gracefully taped to our fridge by Izzie. We call it The Checklist.
I was skeptical. Linc is four. He doesn’t care too much for chores or doing anything he doesn’t want to do. At this point I could present a montage of pictures of him throwing fits of ridiculous things, but I’ll refrain. These are simple things the kids can do together, with me, or on their own get started on their day. It’s only been a week but it has been a GAME CHANGER.
|seriously how it feels|
The mornings have been so much better, nay I say glorious. One morning I woke up to a hot wheels track through the kitchen. Another day they were quietly reading books on the couch together. I mean, doesn’t that sound really cute! It is cute! Actually re-reading that it sounds like I’m being a pretty lazy and neglectful mother, but that hour from 6 am to 7 am I am really not needed. It’s good for their little brains to be creative and have some free time, right? I bought this silly little pineapple egg timer and Isabelle is having a great time setting it to 30 minutes. A lot of times the timer goes off and they don’t even realize it, and they keep playing.
|so excited about her sparkly gold swim cap|
Also it had been awhile since we have been to the library and they have upped their game! This new little lego corner was really fun. Our area tends to be way behind the times on “cool things” and it was nice to have something new and worthwhile.