Yesterday began a two-week stretch where all 3 kids are in day camp, though not at the same place. G returned to school for their camp program, and A&C went to horseback riding camp.
According to their reports/complaints:
1- G’s new teacher is more strict and she was assigned ‘homework’ which I am going to consider entirely voluntary (she’s 4 and it’s camp so . . .)
2- It was hot. Yes, yes it was. I took a 30 minute walk at lunchtime and the weather app said it was 89F but it “felt like 100” due to humidity. I am sending both big kids with more water today as horse camp is almost entirely outside. (G’s is more of a combo deal with considerable time in the air conditioning).
(it already “feels like” 85 right now as I am gearing up to run – gahhh!)
It will probably take a bit for us to find our rhythm, but it’s nice not to have to rush out the door as quickly in the morning. Unlike during the school year, the timing doesn’t work some days for me to drive them on the way to work so our nanny is coming in to do the shuttling.
On the plus side, everyone seemed thoroughly tired out in the evening! I let them watch TV until 7:30 pm (which I deemed the Summer Screens Off Time) and then A&C actually read in their own beds while I read to G. We were done reading by 8 pm and she fell asleep around 8:20; then I read in C’s bed and finally A’s bed for a few minutes. The whole routine wasn’t done until 9:15 BUT I got to read a whole bunch of Sea of Tranquility, which sucked me in instantly and is SO SO GOOD.
(And I love that she brought back characters from The Glass Hotel which I know not everyone loved, but I did!).
Evening Adventures Etc
In reading the above, I feel like for the first time in many years I have a bit of a window in which to relax in the evenings. Since there isn’t really homework and there are no summer evening activities, most nights 6 – 7:30 is just down time for both the kids + myself.
I would love to do family dinner some nights but a) Josh is essentially never home at 6 pm (unless we have a very specific engagement) and b) the kids get hungry after camp despite snacks eaten while there and I suspect there would be a LOT of whining for snacks if they had to wait until 6 to eat; I would much prefer them eat their actual healthy dinner vs snacks.
So right now I just spend some of that time talking with various kids and the rest of it puttering around myself (eating dinner, doing Duolingo, writing in my 5 year journal, etc). I do feel slightly guilty because I know it is the screens affording me this privilege but also — it seems reasonable for them (AND ME) to enjoy this downtime.
(PS: this is TV or movies, not iPad unless A wants to do a specific facetime or chat with a friend. The iPad and its various apps and games riles them up too much and we have found that it is a bad idea before bed.)
Anyway, this is our Weekday Summer Routine, for now. (This will change when A&C head to camp and then again for 2 weeks when they return. And then summer will be basically over – ahhhhhH! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.)