I am Erin, the writer behind Home with the Boys blog. I am also a wife to a handsome man (who is also a fourth-year medical student). And mama to several little heartbreakers (who I will also start homeschooling in the fall! See?! Boys everywhere!).
Having grown up with just a sister, this world of boys has stretched and challenged me. Every day I am learning and loving being a boy mom. And you know what I’ve discovered about my boys? They CRAVE routine. And I’m not very good at giving it. But the thing is, I REALLY need routine as well, so we can’t afford to just let it go in the summer.
I actually find summer to be the BEST time to start new routines and really establish old ones that may have fallen by the wayside. Without regular school and church activities happening during the summer, we have more time to focus on making the important things at home happen.
What routines have we established this summer?
Family reading time every day after lunch – Just sitting down to read all together, whether it is Charlotte’s Web or BibleForce. Sometimes I read, sometimes Big J does. We have all loved this non-TV relaxing time together every day!
Family outside time – And this means with all of us engaged in the outdoors! Enjoying God’s creation, cooling off in the water, taking a walk or playing hopscotch. This time gets us away from media and burns off lots of energy – win/win for me!
Learning not to hurry – This summer has allowed us to slow down a lot and every minute of it has made me want to reestablish our routine to BE this slow and simple all the time. Ann Voskamp wrote a post a while back with 10+ Real Helps for Really Busy Moms and the one that stuck with me the most was this…
“Life is not an emergency. Life is a gift. Just slow.”
So that is what I am trying to do. Less hurry-scurry, more going slow. Enjoy life and the gifts He has given. It may not seem like a part of the routine, but if you don’t build in the “slow”, life will speed pretty fast on you!
Giving thanks – This summer, we started the routine of asking the boys at supper time for two things they were thankful for that day. At five and three years old, the list doesn’t vary much yet – candy, Mommy, Daddy, the zoo – but we want gratitude to be in all we do and this is where we start.
It is great to relax in the summer, but routine is still our friend. We’re just slowing it down a bit and hoping to carry that pace through the rest of the year!