Expectations are killers. If you expect to continue your routine in the summer, when your children are home for 3 months, you’ll be frustrated every day. Instead, just know that summer is different and try to alter your calendar accordingly, going with the flow. Schedule less stuff for you and more stuff for the bored, a.k.a. kids with time of their hands. Be on the lookout for errant balls rolling into the street, and the kids who run after them. Expect teenagers sleeping until 10 and then hanging, along with friends, around the house more. There’ll be more whining, more giggles from nearby parks, more little hands to “help” in the kitchen, and more visits from the grandchildren. Expect the change and see it as a great opportunity to get out of your rut.
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