Now that we’re past spring break, past Easter, and God willing, past the last snow of the year, I’m thinking about summer, and what that’s going to look like for us this year!
Like virtually every year, we are not doing summer school or swim team, primarily because I don’t want us to have to be somewhere early every morning. We love our downtime around here, and since all 3 boys are playing baseball again (Luke in 2 leagues, so it’s double the games) many, many late evenings will be spent at the ballpark. Meaning early morning = slow.
Don’t get me wrong…I’ll love sending all 3 to VBS (the only year all of them will go together!) for a week 🙂
I’m thinking about what our daily chore charts will look like for the summer, and I’d love your input, parents! I laminate a sheet for each of them for the summer. (Sidenote: during the school year, they do all of the basics listed below, plus then help with other jobs as time allows.)
Here’s what it includes already for each kid daily (the basics):
Get dressed and put away pjs
Put away clean clothes if there are any
Sort or fold laundry as needed
Then, these kinds of jobs rotate:
Cleaning bathroom sinks
Watering the garden
Bring in trash/recycling cans from curb
Playroom pickup (everyone, twice a week)
Garage/yard pickup (happens about once every 2-3 weeks)
Literally, they spend like 15-20 minutes a day doing these things.
This summer, Luke should be capable of taking on a bit more laundry responsibility, so I think one day a week I’m going to have him gather all of the towels and be completely responsible for washing those and getting them put away. And maybe I’ll have Bennett be responsible for washing/drying/folding the beach towels once a week.
So…any ideas from all of you? What are your kids’ responsibilities?