School’s Out!

School’s Out! June 3, 2014
Swim practice

It’s that time of year again – the end of school and the beginning of summer vacation! In all honesty, it starts feeling a bit like summer break once swim team starts in late April – the countdown begins when we start donning goggles and swimsuits every afternoon for swim practice. I told my son that I couldn’t believe that he was going to be a 5th-grader next year, and that I was just getting used to the idea of him being a 4th-grader. He told me that I should start calling him a 5th-grader now, because before I knew it, he was going to be in middle school – crazy!

This summer, we are going to be moving to a new house, preparing for a new baby, sending our son off to a sleep away camp for the first time, and going to a family reunion in Florida. Lots of fun, hard work, and probably some tears from me as we say good-bye to our beloved little house (and most likely also on the car ride home after dropping C off at camp!). We are planning to sit down with the kids this weekend for our first “Family Meeting,” in which we will let the kids know what is ahead this summer, and have a list of tasks that our family needs to accomplish at each stage. We will need lots of help from them, so we will assign jobs and hopefully have some enthusiastic helpers (wish us luck!).

What are your summer plans? Do you have family meetings in your house, and if so, how do you structure them?

Many blessings to you on this Tuesday morning. Mary, Queen of Families, pray for us!

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  • Yes, we have family meetings. They are usually called when kids are not helping. We have to reexplain the expectations 🙂 Swim team begins for us today! School in finished here in less than 2 weeks. Our oldest is headed to sleep away camp for the 2nd time this summer, and it is nice not to be so nervous about it this time around. She has been looking forward to it all year! Besides daily swim practice for our oldest boy (and perhaps our second oldest boy), our oldest is doing summer musical theatre, which she loves. We will be out of the house a lot, and I am very much looking forward to the change of pace. Maybe I should call a family meeting about it!

  • MaryAlice

    We have family meetings. The structure is that we call all of the children to the sectional and make announcements. Someone almost always asks “are we in trouble?” but the answer is usually no, I just need to get them on board with a bunch of logistics. For summer, we will be making some new daily task and chore lists. We are in week 2 of swim team but school is still going, so right now I am just desperately trying to get the homeschooling finished. My oldest has his last day of school tomorrow and then he will be…in 8th grade! I can’t stand it. 4 are headed to sleep away camp, and another two are spending several days with my mom, so almost every week we will be short one child. It is amazing how that changes the dynamic at home.