10 Simple Summer Rules

standard June 23, 2014 2 responses

The morning of our first full day of summer vacation I sat down with the kids and placed a huge blank poster board on the table in front of us. I let the markers I had gathered slide onto the table and answered their expectant gazes.

“Rules. Summer rules.”

Expectant gazes turned wary.

“You guys are going to be home with me for nine weeks. We’re going to need some rules so that we can make sure we all have fun and do what needs to get done.”

The rules aren’t set in stone, but they are written up in bright Sharpie and posted on my office door. They’re based on our particular needs. The document bears both of their signatures as proof that they approved the rules when we wrote them up.

So far, it’s working quite well.

When they beg for more TV, I point them to the rules.

When they’re mean to each other, I point them to the rules.

When they start to say they’re bored, I point them to the rules.

When they insist on talking at me while I’m writing, I silently point to the rules.

It’s only been 10 days, but so far there has been more laughter than tears and I haven’t had to raise my voice one. If that isn’t the soundtrack to a happy summer, I don’t know what is.


Family Summer Rules

If you liked this post, take a look at these!

Sleep On behalf of my poor wife who should be sleeping right now, I am going to write this post. For the past 6 1/2 months, my wife has not slept. I belie...
Oh my gourd, such cute pumpkins! For the first time in months last night I had to climb out of bed to shut a window. The air in our room was beyond crisp and I just couldn't take it a...
Aaand… we’re here My roomie and I arrived in plenty of time to get settled into our hotel room and get changed before heading out to the three parties scheduled for thi...
I’m not going to go see it. So there. Stop a... Let me ask you a question.Am I the only 30 something American woman who has never seen a single entire episode of Sex in the City?Wait. Let me rephras...

2 responses