At the start of summer I always have these big plans for everything I want to do with the kids. Of course I want to go to the zoo, water park, riding trails, and some museums, on a weekly basis. I also want to do my own small version of summer school with the kids. I tried this last summer (for about 2 weeks) and it was great! But we ended up getting busy with errands and swimming lessons and really just life. This summer the kids aren't letting me give up that easy. They are desperate for me to start their "home school."
One thing that I wanted to do I've actually started already. I've instituted "Mama's Helper" days. Mondays are Sophia's, Wednesdays are Anna's and Fridays are Isabella's. On the day that the girls are "Mama's Helper" they get to help me plan and make dinner and do the dishes and other chores around the house. Notice I said they get to help. We'll see how long they feel this way....it can't last forever.
So, on Monday Sophia began to help me out. She planned the dinner - macaroni & cheese, yogurt and strawberries. No matter how many different homemade recipes I've tried, Sophia insists that we use good old Kraft -- because "it's the cheesiest, Mom!" Sophia had so much fun helping with everything. Our meals may suffer for a while, but I think in the end it will be worth it.