Last summer I finally learned how to use this simple phrase, “Free Time”. Those words have so much power! I can say to my kids – “You have 10 minutes of free time” and off they disappear. I’m not always sure what they’re doing, but they’re happy! As the summer progresses from schedules to relaxing more the free time gets longer and longer.
Why? Kids are more spontaneous than adults! If you schedule their day, add free time to the schedule. They love to know and plan for their unstructured time too. They may be working on a big project, want to finish a book, or play outside again. You won't regret it!
Try it and let me know how it goes. Simple and effective!