Summer is a relaxed time in many households. Stringent school schedules are gone and children are often not in structured environments. But I found with my own children that relaxed schedules sometimes translated into “relaxed listening.” By the end of the summer, I often found myself repeating requests as my children casually paid attention. Of course, with school starting around the corner, these “hit-or-miss” listening skills my children were displaying concerned me. Perhaps you are experiencing the same situation in your summer household.