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This Mom's Idea of a Schedule-Free Summer is Right On

We could all use a summer free of stress

If your summer is anything like ours, you’ve already found yourself run ragged going from one sport, activity or camp to another. Summer, the time of year we are all supposed to relax and breathe a bit, can sometimes feel more hectic than the school year. But one mother of two decided she’d had enough and is giving her kids — and herself — a break from the chaos.

"I had big plans to be a 'good mom' this summer. There were going to be chore charts, reading goals, daily letter writing practice, and cursive classes. There would be no screen time until the beds were made, and planned activities for each day of the week," Kristen Hewitt, journalist and writer, posted on her Facebook page.

Instead, Hewitt said they decided to stay in pajamas until almost noon, baked, started an art project they never finished, and then went swimming.

"It's so easy to be pressured by things we see on social," Hewitt wrote. "Ways to challenge our kids and enrich their summer. But let's be real - we're all tired. Tired of chores, tired of schedules and places to be, tired of pressure, and tired of unrealistic expectations."

Hewitt's plan for herself and the girls this summer? Nothing at all.

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