August is here. Where did the summer go? Don't panic! Most of us still have many more days before the kids return to school.
How can we carve out
more enjoyment from that time? Grab a cool snack and call a family
brainstorming meeting. Invite each person to share an idea or two he or she
would still like to do in the days ahead . Discuss and jot down the best ideas and post
them somewhere visible. As you do each one, be sure to check them off
and see what else remains.
Towards the end of that meeting,
you might also mention a few things you'd love to get done. The kids
have probably outgrown clothes and may be ready to let go of some toys.
Purging and reorganizing those items will get their rooms in better
shape. Are there other projects inside the house or out in the yard
you'd like to do?
Kids like to have a say in planning
family fun. They appreciate having everyone listen to their ideas.
Kids also like to know what family projects are coming up. Having a few
days notice gives any "reluctant" helpers time to adjust to the idea of