So I've had my head in the sand for the past week working on a big project deadline. I'm coming up briefly...for air and to share this summer sanity saver—my kid's daily to-do list. This handy dandy form has helped give our days some much needed structure (and sanity!) Feel free to use it (if you have a dog and kids that play guitar) or use it as a spring-board to create a checklist of your own.
In addition to the to-dos listed, each day I assign a daily task such as vacuuming, emptying the trash and recycle bins, dusting, folding a load of laundry, watering the flowers, and so on. If the tasks are done by the time indicated, life is good. If not, the next day an extra task is added to their list.
We're in the middle of our second week with this new system, and we seem to be getting into a groove. This gives the kids something concrete to do each day—and lightens my housework load a bit. All of which means everyone is a notch happier (believe it or not) and there's more free time and family time in the evening when my work day is done. Ah yes, my love of checklists just keeps on growing. :)
What are you doing to keep your kids occupied this summer (and keep yourself sane?) I'd love to hear!