When I was growing up, summer was great! I didn’t have any homework, my days were filled with leisurely activities, and everything ran at a slower pace. Sadly, summers aren’t like that anymore. It seems like our summer schedules are just as harried and crazy as the school year ~ and that goes for parents and kids alike!
As with any other time of the year, it’s important to have a sense of order for your summer activities. However, with kids at home 24/7 it can be more difficult. Try these 5 organizing tips so you can
survive thrive the not-so-lazy days of summer:
1. Keep a family calendar – I’m a big advocate of personal planners, but in the summer I think it’s a good idea to have a large family calendar out so everyone can see what’s going on each day. I would suggest color-coding each family member so even the littlest ones can figure out what is on the schedule!
2. Know when your local entertainment is open – Is there a special day the movie theater is offering kids’ special showings? Are there discount hours at the museum? Make a list of all the local entertainment in your area – library, movie theaters, bowling alleys, museums, etc – and mark them on your family calendar so that you will know when to go and get the best deals. There’s nothing worse than hauling a carload of kids to the place, only to discover they are closed or not offering a discounted rate.
3. Set up temporary launch pads by the exit doors – You may already have a system set up to get the kids out the door each morning for school, but what about for summer activities? Set up a basket with swim gear, towels, sunscreen, bug repellant, and flip-flops or keep a bin for library books to be returned. Having these items by the door when you are ready to leave will reduce your stress and keep things in their place.
4. Schedule time for you and the things you need to get done – When the kids are in school, you can usually do what you want, when you want. With kids at home for 2 months, that freedom is not necessarily there. Don’t neglect to schedule time for you. If you won’t want to take the kids to the grocery store with you, plan a time that will overlap with one of their activities, or arrange for them to stay with a friend for a short time. There may be times when you can’t avoid taking the kids with you to the store, but if you plan for it in advance, you might be able to find some time for yourself, even if it is at the grocery store!
5. Balance play and work – Summer is a great time for taking a back seat to the normal rush and go of daily life, but it’s important to balance the play with the work. Encourage your kids to help with a few chores around the house that they may not get to do while they’re in school. Create a simple chore chart and reward them with fun summer activities. Summer may not be a time for learning the ABCs, but you can teach your kids a few lessons about helping out around the house.
The dog days of summer may be a thing of the past, but with a little bit of organization and planning, you can enjoy and thrive the summer!
Your Go 2 Gal,
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