This has been knocking in and around my brain for about two weeks now. There is no school for the next eight weeks so in my mind this is the time to tinker with the schedule.
First, the schedule. A day by day, time by time, hard and fast routine. My children actually yell at me if we don't follow it. They like the schedule and they like to know what to expect (who doesn't).
Second, I hate to mess with something we have had going for so long....still.
An idea has been percolating in my mind called "Summer Rules" to be posted on the refrigerator only for the eight weeks of no school for July and August.
Bedtime - What if we did go to bed more in line with sundown. Would nine o'clock really be ridiculous?
Dishes - My husband and I have always eaten on real dishes at every meal. No paper plates, cups, plastic forks, paper napkins. We are proper and therefore I wash a tremendous number of dishes. Environmentally I would feel pretty guilty buying these and I haven't for over two years for any occasion whatsoever. Including birthday parties for my children. I bring appropriate tableware and cart it in and out. The expense has been noticeably different. However, would it be terrible for eight weeks to give myself a minute break from 50% of our dishes? Maybe this is the break I really need right now with a lot of other special projects coming online.
What else - This is what I haven't figured out yet. The summer rules should be special, convenient, and more free wheeling don't you think? I'm going to ponder this one more and post again soon. Feel free to make suggestions if you like. I'd be interested if other people are considering lifting some of the school time rules for July and August.