My boys summer break officially begins today! It’s our first day home for the summer. To celebrate, they slept in our camper last night…right out in the driveway. It’s one of their favorite things to do in the summer.

Many years ago I decided to give some structure to our summer days. Nothing terribly constricting…just enough to keep things in balance. Here are the Savage Summer Strategies:

1) Chores and Basics need to be done by noon. (Chores are their assigned household responsibility for the day and Basics refers to bed made and teeth brushed.)

2) Tuesday and Thursday are “No Screen” days. That means no computer screens, video screens, or television screens. These days are usually filled with legos, board games, playing outside, running through the sprinklers, and reading.

3) Mondays are library days…so we have something to read on the “No Screen” days!

4) Room Time every afternoon for an hour. This one hour of separation helps keep the sibling rivalry at bay! (Yes, I know my boys are 12 and 15….we still do an afternoon of rest time or “room time.” It’s good for all of us! And if Erica is home–she’s 18–she joins in for room time, too! We’ve all come to appreciate the quiet break in the day.)

5) Each of the kids are in charge of making dinner for the family one night a week. This helps them learn to plan, shop, and cook…and it gives me a break, too!

So what summer strategies do you have in your family? I’m way overdue for a contest on my blog so this will be the June contest. Share your summer strategies as a comment on this post and your name will be entered into a drawing on Friday morning, June 5 for a Hearts at Home book of your choice!

We learn so much from each other. I can’t wait to glean some wisdom and encouragement from your wonderful ideas!

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