We are at the summer half way mark! How is everyone doing?
One thing that I noticed was trips to the pool were exhausting!
It took the kids 2.5 seconds to put on swimming trunks and then they ran around the house while I was trying to wrap up whatever work task I was on, change, get our towels, goggles, sunscreen, water bottles, snacks, ice packs, flip flops and then some more snacks.
Then one day I had a stroke of genius! My boys are 7 & 9 years old. They used to get themselves ready for public school every morning. They are more than capable to get US ready for the pool.
We have two bags. A towel bag and a soft sided cooler. My 7 year old is in charge of the towel bag. It is light enough for him to carry and it doesn’t matter if the towels get thrown in willy-nilly. As long as the required items are in the bag, we are good to go!
My 9 year old is in charge of the cooler. He needs to put in a water bottle for each person going to the pool and then a variety of snacks from the pantry plus a fruit choice. I went over how to pack the cooler so that the chips don’t end up on the bottom and we are good! I do check the cooler before we leave to make sure there is a snack in there that I will like to eat. Otherwise, the way it’s packed is the way it stays.
I have a gallon sized zip lock bag in the towel bag to protect the book I bring to the pool. I plop my choice into the bag and zip it up for safety. That is the extent of my pool packing responsibility.
The boys are in-charge of getting their bags to the car, our table at the pool, back into the car, unpacked and back where they belong. I actually feel pampered now and am eager to say YES to the pool!
It. Has. Been. Amazing.
It takes them about 20 – 30 minutes to get ready right now. I use that time to answer e-mails or cross off one more task on my list before heading out the door. It allows me to relax at the pool and it is teaching the boys responsibility!