Beware of ideas you copy off other blogs (except mine...)
This seemed like a great idea at first glance. So we had a pre-summer pow-wow with our kids and made one of these to boldly display on our kitchen door:
The purpose of the poster was that, by the end of the summer, the children could look back and reminisce on what a fun-filled, active summer they had. And it was also supposed to keep the parents accountable to make the summer fun for 'said' children.
Unfortunately, now we are accountable. And there are quite a few unchecked activities - -which we warned them might happen when they started firing (expensive) ideas at us.
Everyone got to add a few things to the list, including mom and dad. Mine had to do with reading books, and Dad's had to do with yard work...... Because we're older parents..... and our definition of fun doesn't always match up with our kid's. In fact, if we had our way "Go to bed right after dinner" and "Read the newspaper out on the porch" (vs. the kitchen table) would've been right up there.
If it looks like we hardly did anything on the list - it's probably because we used a yellow marker for some of the check marks. And in case our kids are reading this. please note.....Out of 29 items, we completed 14 of them - which is almost 50%. Which is a higher average than you have on doing your chores without being reminded.....or brushing your teeth after each meal....or picking your clothes up after a shower..... Not that we're keeping track.
School started yesterday - which means summer is Officially Over (even though it's 90+ degrees outside and still very light at bedtime.) The poster is coming down - and maybe we'll do it again next year, but with a little realism thrown in.
P.S. I think it's interesting to note that many of the things the kids put on their list were no-cost activities. In fact I think, by far, their most memorable summer activity is the No-Work Saturday. Followed closely by the White pancake breakfast (instead of our normal whole wheat batter). So learn from us, you young parents - - - Make your children's lives semi-miserable to start with....and then almost anything seems fun in comparison :)