June 21, 2013
For some reason, the month or so leading up to this summer had me shakin in my boots. Home alone ALL DAY with 4 little people. I don’t really know why I was so afraid. I did it last year and Sloane was much more needy then. Maybe it’s the fact that I feel like everyone’s been a bit more fighty lately, or that while Sloane was that much more needy last year, she’s just that much more loud and demanding of attention this year. I don’t know, but I knew I had to have a plan.
Side note: 3 hours after Liam’s last day of school, he was laying on the couch lamenting how bored he was. Definitely NOT a good way to start off the summer!
I grabbed a calendar and scheduled something fun/different to do each and every day. From pinterest projects to play dates to road trips, we’ve got something to look forward to each day.
And the most important thing I did for a sanity saver this summer was make a daily schedule. Now while I wish we could just bum around and do whatever whenever, my family doesn’t work very well under that environment. They like structure and to know there’s a plan for the day (I wonder where they get that?) If they know what’s expected of them and what the plan is, they’re far less likely to just mope around the house bored……..or fight. With Sloanie still napping in the afternoon, we schedule our fun stuff pre lunch, then they know that after lunch is outside, quiet, reading, or screen time (depending on the hour).
I also made these handy little “token” jars. If the boys do their chores, obey the first time, get along, etc, etc, then they get tokens to fill up their jars. (Tokens also get taken away for whining, fighting, complaining, etc). At the end of 2 weeks, they get to cash in their tokens for prizes or a fun activity. So far these babies have worked great. It’s kept the fighting mostly at bay and if someone’s having a rough time all I have to do is remind them of the tokens and they shape right up. It’s turning into a little friendly competition which always helps!
And my favorite sanity saver so far this summer has been The Fresh 20. Have you heard of it? OH MAH WORRRRD. Amazing!! 20 ingredients, 5 meals for the week, a shopping list and absolutely no processed food. How easy is that? (For those of you who know me well know I loathe cooking. I wish I didn’t, but it’s something I detest EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.)
So now all I have to do is print out my recipes and shopping list for the week, and each morning I just turn the page to see what’s on the menu for dinner and possibly do minimal prep work to make the dinnertime process faster. We’ve loved each meal, and the recipes are easy to follow and quick to make. I’ve actually enjoyed cooking these past 3 weeks. We’re eating healthier and feeling better. Check it out, you definitely won’t be disappointed! (And even better, she also has gluten-free and vegetarian meal plans to make it easier for those with special diets!)