August 20, 2012
What didn't she do on her summer vacation? That's the question. Was her vacation really a vacation? My girlfriend Linda spends a week preparing to go away to her family's cabin. This week consists of washing sheets, making meals and packing all the comforts from her home that she wants in her vacation house. Then, once she gets to her cabin, it takes a few days to get comfy. Her scenery is beautiful, and her days were slower, calmer and allowed time for a hike or swim; but still she was preparing all meals, cleaning up after everyone and doing laundry. A few dinners out, serene evenings on the front deck with a cup of tea or glass of wine while her kids hang out with the neighbor kids, or online, rounded out her nights. Since she's a writer she too grabbed some online time and caught up on some stories she was trying to finish. It took a good day to pack up and return home, where she quickly returned to more laundry and grocery shopping and all the immediate family needs of her upcoming week. Was she refreshed? Not really. Happy to get away? Absolutely! This a vacation.....of sorts.
She Buzz Words
Right now she could be
Shopping for dorm supplies
Writing a postcard
Setting up for a garage sale
She could be a
Animal shelter employee
Mail order clerk
"My kids don't fit into anything from last school year"
She Back to School Tip
The first day of school is no time for a drastic adjustment of household sleep schedules. Instead, ease children back into a school year routine gradually. During the last two weeks of summer, re-introduce a school year bedtime. Begin waking late sleepers earlier and earlier, closer to the hour they'll need to rise when school begins.
Don't neglect mealtimes! Younger children, in particular, need to adapt to new meal routines before the school day demands it of them. Plan meals and snacks to accustom little ones to rituals of the school day before the school year begins.
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