Yippee, it's Summer! I grew up when it was normal for herds of kids to simply roam the neighborhoods.
Yippee, it's Summer! I grew up when it was normal for herds of kids to simply roam the neighborhoods. Fun meant lemonade stands, long walks to get candy, and riding bikes all day long. Rules were almost nonexistent during Summer months, but that was then, and this is now.
Each June, parents begin to wonder, as Circle of Moms member Sara C. J. does, how does everyone else keep their kids busy and safe all Summer?
I'm a firm believer in lazy Summer days — as long as there are a few things to keep kids active and involved. I also believe that Summer affords us a chance to experiment with family rules more easily, to see what's working and what's not. During the school year, time is too regimented to make these kinds of changes; we're focused on keeping order to keep things moving. But Summer is a good time to introduce some changes; compared to when the school year started, your child is now older and more mature and may even have different friends. And whether parents like it or not, kids tend to branch out and take more liberties during the Summer months anyway. Why not get ahead of the curve by refreshing the rules?
Consider a picnic/family meeting to get everyone's input on what's liked and disliked about the rules in your house. You'd be amazed at how willing kids are to follow the rules if they help create them and think they're fair.
Here are some areas to consider covering in your discussion: