I have spent the last week pouring over the internet late at night to come up with a great schedule and activities for summer break. My boy loves some school and will soon be missing all that activity. Also with all of sister’s stuff she has going on we need to implement a “ Sensory diet” annnnnd then there is the thought in the back of my mind about how baby #3 is coming and we better get things as organized as possible before he gets here ( and get everyone more self sufficient too) .
Start with some Goals:
- Get Sister potty trained
- make sister use words to request anything and everything. ( No giving in to cries or demanding noises)
- Teach Fenn to put his own seat belt on and off ( so I can move him to the 3rd row when baby #3 is here)
- Get both kids involved in chores/responsibilities ( ones that help me out like making their own beds)
- Take some day trips or fun activities to keep them engaged and educated.
- implement a currency system ( I learned this from kindergarten! See below)
- Get Fenn to stop coming in our room at 3am ( plagued by bad dreams lately )
Set up a Schedule.
Routine is important for all kids, but especially mine with the sensory stuff. It is challenging for me as I have never been very routine and Erik and I both have very unconventional work schedules . Since Erik, Rose and I are all running this circus and need to be on the same page a routine will be super helpful. Also gives kids an idea of what to expect so I don’t have to deal as much with badgering about whatever they want like say breakfast at 5am. “ The chart clearly says Breakfast no earlier than 6:30 AM” HA We will see if that works.
Copy of our new schedule:
( I am sure I will tweak this once we get going and see how it works out/fits)
I picked up this sweet little trick from kindergarten. I bought a roll of raffle tickets from Party City and I call them “ Mommy Feathers” (at school they are called Eagle Feathers). I hand them out for each completed chore. I amp up the feathers for things I really want to encourage. Every thursday they can turn in their feathers to buy things from my store and I have a chart showing how many feathers it takes to buy things they want like fudge pops and pokemon cards HA.
Then I searched pinterest for any fun arts and crafts or interesting activity we could do and made a list of those so that each Sunday when I do menu planning etc I can plan out their activities and what supplies are needed and have that sorted out so whoever is in charge that day has everything they need.
Most of my problems in life from from indecision… like not knowing what I want to cook all week, or how to do something so If I dig in and plan and make it easy for myself then I should be able to stick to the plan.
Also sidebar: I took all of these schedules and such to Fed/Ex and laminated them so we could use dry erase markers. While I was there I printed out and laminated THIS road trip scavenger hunt and it was great for our recent drive to Alabama. Fenn LOVES scavenger hunts and this kept him busy for quite a while.