Friday, June 7, 2013

School is out for Summer!!!!

I apologize for being MIA lately. End of school year was a little crazy around here. Preston's golf matches were taking up the majority of our time for the last 5 weeks of school on top of award ceremony's, class parties and a nasty cold that swept its way through our house. But today was the last official day of school for both kids! I would have liked to have my entire summer planned out like summers of the past but time just got away from me. Next week the kids and I are going to sit down and map all of the activities we would like to do out.

The one thing I have managed to get organized is our summer reading lists. Reading during the summer is required in my house. Luckily both of the kids enjoy reading normally but when summer comes around they both really want to shut their brains off. We think we have found a way to solve this....money. Yep, good old fashioned bribery. Before you start throwing stones at me and my parenting style, hear me out.

My kiddos do not get allowance. They have a chore list they are expected to do (cleaning, unloading dishwasher, taking out trash, mowing the lawn, etc). They do this because they are part of our family and that is what is required when you are in our family. They don't complain (often) and they know that if they are doing well with their chores they will be rewarded...just not with money. With things like going to a movie or out for ice cream or a new pair of shoes, etc. They do, however get paid for getting good grades in school, so they aren't unaccustomed with what to do with money. They are required to put 1/2 in their savings account and the remaining money they can spend however they want. This has worked pretty good for us so far. So offering them money for each book they complete on their summer reading list is kind of similar with what we do for grades.

**This is the part where my disclaimer goes...maybe money wouldn't work for your kids. Find what would entice them and offer that as a reward. My kids are a little older and money totally works**

I made this little chart for them to keep on the fridge and document each book they have finished. It also serves as a record they can take to school the first week of the next school year and get credit for pages already read! Feel free to use, email me if you would like me to send you a copy.

And since I love to read too, I made my own little Summer Reading List!


1. Attchments by Rainbow Rowell
2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
3. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
4. I Love Everybody and Other Atrocious Lies by Laurie Notaro
5. It Looked Different on the Model by Laurie Notaro
6. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
7. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
8. Where'd you go Bernadette by Maria Semple
9. The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

If you have any good summer reading recommendations please leave them in the comments, I'd love to hear what you are reading!!! Happy Summer everyone!