Summer Goals

I decided to give our summer just a little bit of structure this year by having everyone in the family come up with a few goals. I really do like the open time of summer – nowhere to be at certain times for the most part – but I was afraid we’d get a little too . . . Well, lazy. I have a tendency to let us hang around the house a lot and do a whole lot of nothing if I can.

So I had us all come up with a few things we’d like to learn. It started off with our reading of Little House In The Big Woods. The boys were fascinated by this book, which made me so happy. By around the middle of it, Sam started saying he wanted to learn to sew. And this isn’t the first time he has talked about wanting to make clothes. So I figured, what better time to learn a new skill than the summer?

Robby wanted to “become a singer” and work on his swimming. He also hopped on board with the sewing. Hubby and I are doing Couch to 5k and are about to start week three.

And I’ve found that just having these few goals has provided a lot to do to keep the days rolling. There are trips to the library for sewing books, reading time, music/piano practice, yoga/stretching with mommy, outdoor time and gardening, and the pool. Most importantly, it gives me an answer to the dreaded, “I’m bored.”

And Matt has set his sights quite high: he wants to learn to walk.

4 Responses

  1. Oh I love that. Noah wants to knit, but I just haven’t been able to get him to catch on yet.


  2. What a fun way to structure your summer. My big girls set reading goals, but not things they wanted to learn. What kinds of things do you have Sam sewing?

    Good for you guys for doing the C25K! Have you been running outside or at the gym?

    And what do you mean that sweet little guy is learning to walk already!?!?!

  3. What a great idea!! It is essentially how my son and I spent our summer, except it was all mommy led! (Cedric, my son is currently only 14 months)

    We took up gardening, speaking french, creating our own games and camping! :D

    I love you how had a book inspire the activities! WAY TO GO MOMMA

  4. That is such a great idea. I never asked the girls to set any goals but I guess I set a personal goal for all of us. To spend as much time as well can outside. It’s going really well and we’ve been doing a lot of swimming. I can’t believe Matt is going to walk already. That is crazy.