Saturday, June 2, 2012

Let the Sloth Begin

Today is the first official day of summer vacation at our house.  The two youngest kiddos have been out of preschool and ECFE for a bit, but today is the first day with all five kids off of school.  Yesterday, we celebrated the day with the annual all-school picnic for families at our children's school. 

Today we continue with our summer traditions, and this one is not quite as wholesome.

I allow my children one day each year (the first day of summer vacation) to be of complete and total sloth if they want.  I don't make them change out of their jammies all day if they don't want to.  They can watch TV or play video games all day if they choose.  They can eat snacks (within reason) and fall into a sugar induced stupor if they want.

Of course I don't make them do this.  They can go outside or play board games or read if they choose.  But, for a Mama who has tight control over screen time this is a day of pure joy they look forward to all year. 

Normally my kids watch about 30 minutes of TV a day.  Maybe more if we have a family movie time or it is a lousy weather day, but usually no TV if it is a nice day.  My usual phrase is, "Go outside and play or I'll find some work for you to do."  Unless they are reading.  Then I'll say, "Its a great day out.  Go read on the porch."  Video games are usually a once a week event, for a fairly short duration.

But I imagine what it would have been like to have a day like this when I was a kid.  Or even now.  To be able to do absolutely anything I wanted with no responsibilities.  Because my kids are normally so limited with screen time, the anticipation for today is almost more exciting than the day itself.

But trust me.  Tomorrow, the TV will again go dark, and again my neighborhood will be filled with the shouts of several kids climbing trees, riding bikes and playing in forts.  And maybe you'll hear the near silent sound of pages being turned by a reader on the front porch.

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