The predictable and well-oiled routines of a typical school day fall to the wayside once summer hits. That’s a good thing, right?
We can’t all enjoy a summer trip to the Hamptons or travel abroad for cultural education opportunities. And, looking at everyone’s picture-perfect Instagram posts of Disneyland-Days and Concerts-in-the-Park Nights can create some summertime blues. Been there. Done that.
For many moms, the lack of routine can leave them feeling underwhelmed. In fact, did you know, being out of routine can create a depression in people? So, if you have been wondering what is wrong with you - fear not!
SOLUTION: Getting outdoors, connecting with others, and setting up a lighter, but regular, routine may help.
Well, that and ICE CREAM!
A predictable start to a typical summer in my home in 2003, 2010, and 2015.
Eleven Year Old Boy: "I hate reading."
Frustrated Mother: "That's too bad. It is summertime, and you WILL read a book for fun!"
Maybe you can relate.
From a very young age, all of my boys loved having stories read to them; however, independent reading - purely for enjoyment - never blossomed in my home. And, THAT drove me crazy. Books of all kinds bring me immeasurable joy. I still don't get it.
If this sounds like your family, I feel your pain. And, better yet, I have a solution. For us, since I could never instill the individualistic love of literature, our best-enjoyed novels were ones we shared and read as a family. For us, this was much like a Book Club. And, there are many reasons Book Clubs are successful.
Author: Melissa Webb
CA Credentialed Teacher