I’m sure that most parents look forward to summertime - warm weather, fun outdoor activities, and a generally less rigid schedule with children. I remember my feelings as a young mother approaching the summer break. While excited for the opportunities for fun and relaxation that are not possible during the school year, I also felt a bit of trepidation as I anticipated long days trying to occupy my three curious and active children. The freedom from school schedules meant large chunks of unscheduled time. What I quickly found was that when children are not busy and active, they become bored and irritable. Parents certainly do not need a rigid schedule of activities that is common in the late afternoons and weekends during the school year. Summer should be more relaxing for everyone. But starting the summer with a comfortable routine will help parents and children enjoy these few months away from school all the more.