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Schedule and Spontaneity

girl-fixingThere’s an old song about those “Lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer…” One of our children loved the lazy, hazy part—he enjoyed less scheduling and more opportunity to let the days unfold, depending on which friends called and what the weather called for and what interesting discoveries he made in the woods behind our house.

Our daughter, though, liked the “crazy” part—heading to the pool, scheduling play dates with friends, signing up for activities and camps and lessons.

The theory behind Kidtelligent, personality type, says we’re wired to prefer one approach or the other—to want to work a plan or to prefer waiting to see what happens. If you’re a “mixed” household like ours, summer can be tricky. See if you can detect your children’s natural bent. “Scheduled” kids often make their own choices quickly on what to wear, what to read, what game to play, what to eat. “Spontaneous” kids may ponder more choices, ask about options, or even seem to be procrastinating because all of the choices seem interesting.

Then think about which style describes you best. If it matches your child’s, great. Otherwise, consider how to blend planned activities with summer flexibility to get the best of lazy, hazy and crazy!

Jane Kise, Ed.D. – Educational Advisor and Consultant, 
Jane  writes an insightful post every Tuesday for Kidtelligent. Jane is an educational consultant, specializing in teambuilding, coaching, and school staff development. She is also the coauthor of more than 20 books. Jane’s website  is  www.janekise.com