Summer Rhythm

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It is HOT, you guys. So, so hot. I would say it's too hot to do anything, which is kind of how I feel when I look at the forecast every morning lately. Luckily (for my girls), we are nicely settled into a weekly rhythm that makes it much easier to press on and enjoy our time together since we are all already familiar with the flow of each week and day. I am pretty confident we'd be hermits and my girls would be miserable if we hadn't found our groove a month or two ago when the temperature varied a bit more. 

What does a weekly rhythm look like for you? Do you follow one? The concept may sound rigid and contradictory to the nature of children at first, but it is actually quite the opposite. My daughters thrive on feeling secure in their day-to-day and week-to-week routines. They can count on them and look forward to weekly events and outings as they come around again. This of course does not mean we are bound to our schedule, no questions asked--we open ourselves to appointments or unexpected playdates or road trips often, and illness can creep in and turn a field trip day into a day in bed with books. It just means that if nothing else comes up, this is how our week will look. Time is our most precious gift, and spending it stressing over what we should or should't do with it on a daily basis is kind of a waste! And a fun bonus--a weekly rhythm is a great teaching tool for learning days of the week. My oldest asks, "What day is tomorrow?" and I say, "Friday," and she now says, "Craft time and grocery day! Yay!"

Our Summer Rhythm:

Monday
Breakfast
Library Story Time
Lunch (usually with friends we run into at the library)
Reed naps/Mama works out and then Edie and Mama read books
Play outside
Pick up house, vacuum, steam tile
Dinner
Dance party/last hoorah before bed
Change into jams and brush teeth
Bedtime story
Sleep

Tuesday
Breakfast, slower morning
Splash pad or pool
Lunch (sometimes with Dada)
Reed naps/Mama works out and then reads books with Edie
Bake cookies/muffins for the week
Dinner
Dance party
Change and brush teeth
Bedtime story
Sleep

Wednesday
Breakfast
Children's Museum
Lunch out at our favorite local spot
Reed naps/Mama works out and reads with Edie
Play outside
Pick up house and vacuum
Dinner
Dance party
Brush teeth
Bedtime story
Sleep

Thursday
Breakfast, slow morning
Swim at river or lake
Lunch
Reed naps/Mama works out and reads with Edie
Catch up on dishes and laundry
Dinner
Dance party
Brush teeth
Bedtime story
Sleep

Friday
Breakfast
Craft time at Whole Foods
Grocery shop
Lunch
Reed naps/Mama works out and reads with Edie
Play outside
Pick up house, wash sheets and vacuum
Dinner
Dance party
Brush teeth
Bedtime story
Sleep


Weekends are bit less structured, but they usually include the Farmer's Market, yoga for me, more library time and swimming as a whole family as well as a home project or two. The heat may be rough, but we are having a really lovely summer!

For more information on establishing daily and weekly rhythms, I highly recommend looking into Waldorf philosophy :) Happy weekend!