My children are much more relaxed in the summertime, as most children are. When they are homework-free, their sports seasons have ended and their camp day starts later, they find time to be creative and laugh more together. They pick up a book and get cozy in a chair. They seem to be healthier and happier with all of the unstructured time.
As the summer fades, I always vow to hold on to these slower-paced routines and also the peaceful attitude when nobody is in a rush and I feel genuinely connected to my children.
But sustaining these behaviors when life’s pace cranks up, the commitments pile on and there are no more lazy vacation mornings is close to impossible.
I have a few ideas of how to extend summer, at least for mealtimes.