What Will Rule Your Summer?
Summer break is upon us and the age old question, “What will you do on summer vacation?” has once again come ‘round. My kindergartener is now a first grader making this is our first official summer vacation from school. I am determined to make it great! I’d like her to have plenty of stories to share with her friends at school in the fall. I want her to have as many, mini-adventures as we can muster, even if it’s just a backyard or neighborhood walk adventure. My vision of the perfect summer revolves around anything but television. And this is where it gets tricky.
My three children love the Disney channel, Scooby-Doo, Lemonade Mouth (which admittedly, is my guilty pleasure as well) & any moment they can unwind in front of t.v. It’s often the ‘babysitter’ when I am trying to make dinner, feed the dog and mangage Potty Training Boot Camp all at once. Then there is this thing we call a DVD player. Maybe you’ve heard of it? It’s a device that causes multiple children homes to collapse into itself because no matter how hard you try to remember, you will never correctly choose whose turn it is to pick the movie. To avoid our daily t.v. battle, I have decided to take my company’s pledge, #TVwillNotRuleSummer. Realizing this is no easy task, I keep reminding myself: the memories of summer last a lifetime!
So far this week we spent 1 day at the pool: genius if you can afford it; play all day then cross the finish line at bedtime with out complaints! We spent day 2: sleeping in from pool exhaustion (got two days out of this pool thing; I might be on to something), hit the library for the summer reading program, picnic lunch on family room floor, naps because we were still recovering from the pool (wowza! the pool really extends itself over time!), and went to the farmer’s market at Kennelworth (even in the pouring rain).
My desire for greatness has, of course, been met with some resistance: groans, eye-rolling, pouting, the works. However, it’s the end of day two and my oldest proudly commented at dinner what a great job the three of them have done over the last two days with out t.v. Is this really working?!
I also realize that at some point, the ideas will run out, so feel free to share what you are doing this summer as an inspiration to me and others! If you would like to join in taking the pledge to tune out the tv, use #TVwillNotRuleSummer on twitter or go to www.facebook.com/PagesCorner and join the event, Page’s Pledge. Let’s help each other unplug and connect with our kids in ways we haven’t enjoyed, well, since we were kids! Happy summer everyone!