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• Block out the basics. As with any type of planning, the best place to start is with logistics. Make a list of any com- mitments and constraints that will play a role in your sum- mer schedule, whether it’s work, daily naptimes, a particu- lar kid’s not-so-lengthy attention span, ballet lessons every Thursday, a preplanned vacation, or budgetary considera- tions. Once you have these limitations mapped out, you can move on to thinking about more granular details. • Sketch out a daily schedule (but keep it flexible!). Very generally speaking, what shape do you want your summer days to take this year? Some suggestions include a time by which everyone needs to be out of bed and dressed every day; a block of time set aside for homework, workbooks, or reading; a timeslot for self-guided play (for older kids); and a block of time for chores. Although most experts say it’s OK to make kids’ bedtimes a little later during the summer months, it’s always a good idea to set a target ahead of time. Some parents like to designate weekly activity days, such as library day on Monday, swimming day on Wednesday, etc. • Put your thinking caps on. Now that some of the boring adult details are out of the way, it’s time to have some fun! Gather your kids together and brainstorm some ideas for family summer fun. (For school-age kids, this can also work well as an engaging journaling exercise.) From sim- ple pleasures like a stop at the neighborhood ice cream parlor to pie-in-the-sky plans like a trip to Disneyworld, let your little ones’ imaginations run wild – but make it clear from the get-go that not every suggestion they put forth is going to make the final cut! This is also a good opportunity to brainstorm activity suggestions that can be called upon to come to the rescue when the inevitable “I’m bored!” moments occur; write out the ideas the kids come up with on small pieces of paper and put them in a baggy or jar they ɸѼȁɅѥ+9ȁѥ̸Ёѡͅѥѡ)׊eɔ٥Ёхͥ饹ݥѠѡ́Ёѡ)əЁյȰЁ͕͔́Ѽͽѥх)ЁݡЁԁЁɽѡѕɵ͍́ɕ)ѥɕ̰ɹɕѡȁɕͥѥ̸)ȁȁ̰ԁ͍́хѥ́Ёѡ)ɕѼɽѥȁѽՍݥѠ)԰ѡȁͅ䁍ͥɅѥ̸Mɕ́ٔ)Ս́ݥѠѥеȵхЁѕ́ȁ̵͕)ɽ́ݡɥ͍́ɕѥȁɕѥ)ݥѠɥ́ɔɹ䁍ѥɕ́ȁ)ѥݽɭѥ٥ѥ́ѡȁɕͥѥ̸