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Learning for her, Mom time for me!

Learning for her, Mom time for me!

I am enjoying the busy, warm, fun days of Summer right now, and I honestly do not want to talk about school much at all! However, I do think lying by the pool, going on nature walks and letting my children plan menus on these lazy Summer days are all forms of education also, so…I do believe it is true that teaching is always going on one way or another for all parents!

I hope you are enjoying times of rest and peace with your children. I have to admit, our days have been either absolutely lovely or I am pulling my hair out, wondering what just happened to our peace. Anyway, last Summer, I began the season with more rules. This time around, I was a bit more relaxed.

After two weeks into it, I am going back to one rule–the We Are Having A Siesta rule. I posted about this last year (read here: have a summer siesta for your kids!) and it really worked well for us to have an hour of quiet and rest after lunch, with reading, but always in the same spot and no getting up and running around and NO electronics.

I am not sure how I forgot to do this again until now, but now we are doing it again:) What are some of your favorite ways to support yourself and your kids during the Summer?

Good Morning! I have something that REALLY works for me. During the busy, wonderful, sunny days of summer, I make (yes, make) my kids all take a 1 hour siesta after lunch!
Friends ask…how do you make them do it?…Is it mean?…what do they do?

Well, I have children ranging from 4 to 22. Actually, my 22 year old does not take a siesta. He’s old enough to want to, though:) I started the whole siesta thing to help my 2 1/2 year old, who would NOT take naps, get some rest during the day.

I simply told her to get all the books, crayons, stuffed animals she wanted to take into her bed and play IN BED for 20 minutes. I set the timer and visited her from time to time. The first week was hard as she kept getting up, but similar to a bedtime routine, I just kept leading her back. I raised the timer little by little until I had…GASP…an hour of freetime…During the day!!
That also got me time to catch up around the house.

For the summer, though, I just started making MYSELF take the 1 hour siesta as well. It is wonderful. For the first time in 20 years, I am caught up on my journaling and bible reading. I warned the older children that this is important to me and I should be nicer as a result:) For wonderful ideas on journaling, see “journaling as a creative experience” at Ann’s lovely Holy Experience blog!
Now, my teenagers are resting/reading/etc for the time as well. My daughter loved the idea, while the boys, at first hated it. I caved for my one son, who only rests for 30 minutes…but still. For one hour most days, my home is a peaceful haven!!! (We do skip siesta on days when we cannot be home directly after lunch, however, most days we eat at home, so it works…)

PS: Every once in a while, we get this result, which is ok too!