Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

Let Them Know What’s Expected of Them This Summer (They’ll Thank You for It Later)

May 26th, 2015     By Boys Town Contributor Mother of eight-year-old son and six and one-year-old daughters

Chores, Family, Teens, Toddlers, Tweens

Teachable moments can come from a wide variety of sources, including other parents. From time to time parents write blogs for us that we think you will find interesting, useful, or entertaining. Please enjoy this post from a fellow parent.

Summer is here.

And while your kids are likely looking forward to sleeping in and lounging around, you’re probably greeting the thought with some trepidation. After all, unless you’re a teacher, summer doesn’t really change your daily life. You don’t get to sleep in. You still have to go to work and handle the daily tasks of maintaining the household. Yet you now have this added wrinkle – a houseful of kids who expect you to cater to their every whim.

Well this summer is going to be different. Or it can be, with just a little planning.

You see, a kid’s default mode is laziness. In the absence of any other directive, they will go about the day expending as little physical or intellectual energy as possible. That means sleeping until noon. That means sitting on the couch playing video games. That means lying on the bed chatting with friends on a mobile device. All while expecting you, the parent, to do laundry, cook meals and act as a personal chauffeur.

It’s not just general idleness that’s the problem, either. Without the regimen of school, kids can feel as if no rules apply during the summer months, which can lead to an uptick in rudeness and disobedience. And of course when summer’s over and it’s back to school, the shift back to a world of rules and expectations can be rocky.

Luckily for you, the parenting experts at Boys Town have nearly a century’s experience in dealing with this very topic. And they’ve put their heads together and come up with the Breeze Through Summer Contract.

Simply click the link below, check the boxes that apply to your kids – and even customize a few of your own – and you’ll have an ironclad document spelling out exactly what’s expected of your kids this summer. And though the contract’s stuffy legalese is intended with tongue firmly in cheek, its content is based on many decades of experience and will help your kids enjoy their break with a bit more purpose than summers past.

Customize and print your family’s very own Breeze Through Summer Contract. After all, life really is much easier when you know what’s expected of you.

Related Posts

 

 

Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town’s Class of 2019: A New Journey Beginshttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/Boys-Towns-Class-of-2019-A-New-Journey-Begins.aspxBoys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town’s Class of 2019: A New Journey BeginsOn May 19, 100 girls and boys who learned how valuable they are as their lives were reshaped at Boys Town will proudly walk across our Music Hall stage. Dressed in blue caps and gowns, they will receive their high school diplomas.May 15th, 2019FeaturedOn May 19, 100 girls and boys who learned how valuable they are as their lives were reshaped at Boys Town will proudly walk across our Music Hall stage. Dressed in blue caps and gowns, they will receive their high school diplomas.Father Steven E. Boes, President and National Executive Director, Boys Town
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Mother’s Day Q&Ahttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/Mothers-day-qa.aspxBoys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Mother’s Day Q&ATo celebrate Mother’s Day, we asked some of the “Moms” in our Family Home Program to reflect on parenting, motherhood and the work they do at Boys Town each day. Here is a collection of our favorite responses….May 10, 2019Parenting AdviceTo celebrate Mother’s Day, we asked some of the “Moms” in our Family Home Program to reflect on parenting, motherhood and the work they do at Boys Town each day. Here is a collection of our favorite responses….Boys Town Family Teachers Marie Ruther, Sarah Seaman and Amanda Forman
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Celebrating 40 Years of Girls at Boys Townhttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/Celebrating-40-Years-of-Girls-at-Boys-Town.aspxBoys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Celebrating 40 Years of Girls at Boys TownThe story of how girls first came to Boys Town is one of opportunity, courage and a milestone change to meet the needs of America’s youth. It started as a grand experiment four decades ago…April 25th, 2019Boys TownThe story of how girls first came to Boys Town is one of opportunity, courage and a milestone change to meet the needs of America’s youth. It started as a grand experiment four decades ago…Boys Town Contributor