I'm linking up with Mama Kat today for her World Famous Writer's Workshop. I picked prompt #5) Spring Break! Ask your child to name 10 things (or less) they'd like to do for Spring Break. Share the list with us and tell us...will their dreams come true?
And like last week, I'm adapting the prompt a little bit for myself.
As you might know from my recent posts, our spring break has come and gone. And every year, with the passage of that week vacation, begins the active anticipation of summer. We're down to ten weeks of school, and it's guaranteed to be here before we know it. And because my oldest son has made it very apparent that he needs routine, routine, routine, and a healthy dose of predictability, coming up with a summer plan needs to happen in the not too distant future.
I'm hoping today's prompt will help me fill in some of the spaces of the plan.
I asked my kids, if they could do anything over the summer, what would they do?
Here are their ideas:
M- our oldest son, C- our daughter, D- our youngest son
“Go swimming!” -C
“Play soccer outside!” -C
“Play REAL basketball.” “What's REAL basketball?” I asked. “They try to keep bouncing it and make hoops. THAT'S real basketball.” He even gave me a demo. -D
“Watch TV!” -C
“I like to play football and pretend football with a real football outside in the backyard in our backyard cause we can tackle cause they tackle in real football... “ I couldn't keep up with the rest of his description. -D
“I like to type in letters on your computer when we're going on a long, long trip.” -D
“I like doing that, too.” -C
“Play baseball and soccer and wrestling and boxing and football.” -M
Will their dreams come true?
Yes...mostly. They'll be able to do all of these things with the exception of playing tackle football, or boxing, unless it's on the Wii. And they won't be able to use my laptop in the car on a long, long trip. But everything else on the list is very doable, which surprised me a little. I expected big, pie in the sky ideas, but they were excited about the things they know they've done before and have really enjoyed. Which is good. I'm glad they appreciate the every day fun things to do.
Now, my husband and I are left to figure out what the every day routine will be. In the past, we've used our local community center for their day camp for our oldest son, although we have not been very happy with it. Our daughter will be joining him this year, so we are in search of a new (affordable) opportunity for them.
How do your kids keep busy over the summer?