It’s right about the middle of the summer, I know it will be over before we know it, and I’m worried about the transition back into the school year.
My boys were troopers last year and did well, but I know it’s going to rough on all of us to adjust to schedule change in September. So I came up with a daily routine that will help us see time passing, and record the fun memories we make over the weeks.
I started it Sunday, July 9th and counted 57 days until school starts. Then I cut up 57 pieces of colored paper and put them in one of two jars. Each night we’re taking one piece of paper out, writing one or two things we want to remember from the day and moving them to the other jar.
Last month I used the steps in my how to make a summer bucket list post to start an initial list with 15 items. So far we’ve gone camping at the lake, saw fireworks, went to the beach, had a lego day at home, played board games, went to the library, did a week without screens, had a paint night at home, and went to the Children’s Museum of Virginia.
Toward the end of August, we’re going to pull the notes out of the jar, and look up the photos we’ve taken and talk about what we did this summer. Research shows that an important part of happiness is experiences and in order to maximize experiences, you should take time to anticipate them, enjoy them in the moment, and then also practice remembering, and talking about them.
If you do a special outing with your kids, or go on a trip, when you get home make sure to take time to debrief with your kids, listen to their favorite parts of each experience, look for teaching moments in any disappointment they express. Validate their feelings, listen and look for indications of their temperament or unique interests.
What do you want to remember from this summer? And what is left on your summer bucket list?