Thursday, June 23, 2011

Planning a Simple (but intentional) Summer

With the kids finishing up their last days of school, the time is now to plan what kind of summer everyone wants to enjoy. While one of the best things about summer is the fact that our schedules have more flexibility if we leave the next eight weeks completely open we might miss doing things, going places and connecting with people.

Step One: Have everyone in the family make a list of things they want to do or see this summer. These items can be grandiose or simple activities enjoyed right in your own backyard. Without knowing what everyone has on their "to do" list we run the risk of missing out on some great opportunities and ideas. Compile a master list, post it in a visible spot in your house and cross things off as they are completed. This list can provide a great outline for that back to school essay "What I did on Summer Vacation".

Step Two: Make a list of things family members DON'T want to do on summer vacation. These can include things like unplugging from video games, television or chatting on line. The more time spent outside in the great outdoors, the better.

Step Three: Sit down with a calendar and start strategizing and scheduling when these "to do" items are actually going to happen. Without a deadline, plans run the risk of getting postponed and before we know it our summer is over and we are left feeling disappointed! Scheduling every minute of everyday is not the point here. Simply mapping out a rough idea of when and where the family will be, helps insure everyone gets to check off their summer "bucket list".

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Enjoy the sunshine !

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