Today’s blog post is from a fellow West Point mom.
We’re facebook friends and when I saw her post, I asked if I could publish it on my blog. She agreed. I just love the spirit of her message and the fun and forceful way she mothers.
I’m done, here’s Danelle!
Ever since I’ve been a mom each summer I try to have a very basic guideline for what I expect on a daily basis. (Otherwise I get grouchy and they get bored.)
I laugh because my kids freak out about our plan every year, but if you look closely, only 2.5 hours of their entire day is spent doing anything they don’t choose to do.
Here is how we’ll try to redeem the time we are blessed with this year:
The Summer Plan
TV/gaming/computer/screen time (and, yes, watching tv with your sibling “counts” as your own tv time…I wasn’t born yesterday)–2 hour maximum
Chores—30 minutes (or however long you’d like to take)
Reading –1 hour minimum
Music—30 minutes minimum
Exercise—30 minutes minimum
Everyone up by 9:00 am
Mealtimes—breakfast ends at 10:00; lunch ends at 2:00; dinner will be at 7:00
Breakfast choices: yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, toast
Lunch choices: sandwich, chips, soup, cheese and crackers, fruit, veggies, leftovers, grilled cheese, quesadilla, ramen
Snack choices: fruit, veggie, granola bar, dried fruit, nuts
*You are expected to put your dirty dishes into the dishwasher and wipe around your place-mat when you are done eating
• There is absolutely NO FOOD OR DRINK allowed in the basement other than popcorn and water. You must have permission to make popcorn. The answer will most likely be “yes”, but ask anyways
• If you bring any food or drink to the basement you will be charged a $5 fee for this decision
• Chores must be done by 5:00pm
• You can earn extra $ or extra screen time occasionally by doing extra jobs (the frequency of these will be determined by parents and if you get sassy about it, the answer will be an automatic “no”)
Activities for Bored People:
- Play a “board” game (get it? Haha!)
- Get out a puzzle
- Go for a walk
- Play with the dogs
- Get together with a friend
- Make crafts
- Bake a treat
- Write a song
- Write a letter to someone
11. Read your Bible
12. Listen to music
13. Pray for someone who is struggling
14. Use the elliptical
15. Have a lemonade stand
16. Write a poem
17. Call a friend
18. Call a grandparent
19. Offer to help a family member with something
20. Weed the garden
21. Trim your nails
22. Make your bed
23. Organize your closet
24. Make a slushee
25. Sit on the patio and stare off into space
26. Ask a sibling if there is some project you could help them with
27. Walk to the store
28. Walk to the river
29. Have a picnic
30. Make a meal for someone
Originally from Southern California, Danelle and her family now live in Lincoln, Nebraska. She and her husband have four kids – two boys and two girls and a dog named FooFoo. Her oldest son is a cadet at the United States Military Academy, class of 2016. She says, “Being a mom has been the most amazing, challenging and important thing I have ever done. I love encouraging younger moms who are right in the middle of the best job they’ll ever have.
Danelle seems determined to be faithful with her family’s time, to lead her kids well.
As I read her suggestions, admittedly I felt a little guilty because I haven’t been so industrious. I need to implement these ideas even if I just only have an orange hair, freckle face 17-year-old at home.
What would you add to her list? Which one do you like the most?
awesome 🙂 Is there a link to Danelle’s blog? thanks…
I wish Danelle had a blog! In the meantime, I’m going to bug her about writing on my blog whenever she has more wisdom to share! She is a wonderful mom! Bless you!
I don’t have a blog! 🙂 You can friend me on Facebook, though.
Danelle, I want you to write MORE stuff! Are you up for it? Hope so!
I’ve devised a similar thing for daily life during school time. I have a list of certain expectations (e.g. make your bed) and a list of ‘rewards’ (which includes any out-of-school activities such as swimming and gymnastics) which are awarded weekly. I give the child a ‘warning’ if they’re breaching one of the rules, but if I have to tell them again then I start deducting from the weekend treats. Also if they’re persistently silly or rude they get a deduction, although when they’re helpful and polite they get lots and lots of praise and a reminder of what’s in store at the weekend. We haven’t been using this system long, but already it’s working. I realised that with my health problems, a smooth-running household needs discipline from everyone, even if it’s just small things. Also, my three are aged between 8 and 14 so it’s a really good fit. For the eldest one, as he has autism he has a different list of expectations, but I’ve been so proud of him. He’s really been trying.
I will have a go at a list like this for the summer. It’s a really good idea. Our schools don’t break up until the last week of July, so I have some time to plan! Thanks for the post 🙂
Wow, Sandy, that’s so impressive! You are such a busy lady and there is so much going on, I’m sure have a schedule makes things easier. I have found that I don’t do well in chaos and disorder. I don’t need to live in a museum but having a smooth running home and family gives a sweeter mood to our home. Glad you stopped by as always! 🙂