So every June, as the school year starts to wind down, I begin to get really excited for summer. Marc and I think longingly of sleeping in, and no “parent projects” from the school, no Friday folders, and no lost reading logs, and especially not having to find matching socks for people. Impossible! I fantasize about spending whole days at the pool eating Pringles and frozen grapes, and chatting with my lady friends (oh, you stay at home moms with nothing to do…), but then, as eager as I am for school to let out, I start to feel the fear.
Because, let’s face it, I live with this:
And also this:
And you know what lurks beneath this innocent looking exterior!
So, reasonably I think, I begin to plan. How will I keep the munchkins from spending their days google eyed in front of the TV or computer (when they are not at camp, of course), munching fish crackers and moving only to wrestle for the remote or demand that I drive them somewhere? How? How, I ask myself!
And then I say, “Points!” I love points. Points were introduced to me by the luverly Paige back when we could just up and load our combined six children onto the metro for an impromptu trip to the Smithsonian. WHAT??!! Now we have nine between us, the only place we go is…nope, we don’t go anywhere with all of them. That would be crazy talk.
Anyhow, with points I get to make job charts and schedules for everyone that detail what jobs, chores, or responsibilities they have each day, and what point value each job etc. is worth. Then, I make a list of privileges, treats and outings that they can redeem points for. We actually make our own point money, like Monopoly money that I pay them with. No, I don’t have too much time on my hands. That is the whole point, no pun intended.
I just introduced the new summer program to the smalls yesterday. They’ve seen it before, but, you know every year demands adjustments for ages and interests. Yep.
So this morning Ellie comes hopping into my bathroom where I was getting ready and chirps, “Mom! Do I need to use a point to go to the bathroom?!”
What are your summer plans? Any advice on time, chore, entertainment management?