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Summer Vacation. Yes, it’s a sentence all of it’s own! The time of the year that our kids look forward to, and that mom’s seem to dread!
On one hand, I look forward to it. Most of the ‘regular’ sports are on break for the summer. That means no soccer, karate and dance for my crew, and our evenings are actually free! On the other hand, I have spent the last 3 months (yes, 3 months!) coordinating summer schedules with sports camps, church camps, visits to grandma and grandpa’s, etc. and trying to figure out how to get them dropped off at 9am and picked up by 3pm…good thing my job is flexible!
How to manage summer schedules
There are many mom’s who schedules aren’t so flexible. We rely on the ‘village’ to help get our kids where they need to be. Here are a few tips on how to manage your summer schedules:
- Car pool – always try to find a car pool – Driving one time is much more efficient than having to drive twice!
- Find activities that take up a majority of the day – even if it’s just for a week
- Sleep away camps – YES – as long as your kids are comfortable with it, of course
- Check out your local parks & rec – they usually have day activities for fairly inexpensive, if you can plan for a group of kids to go to the same activities, that’s even better!
- Free events – there are usually a lot of free events in the summer, from day time movies, to free days at the zoo, concerts in the park or readings at the library; arrange with other mom’s to take each other’s kids to these events.
How to keep you kids occupied at home
If your kids are home for the day or week here are some ideas to help keep them occupied and off electronics:
- Give them a chore list and provide rewards for completion; rewards could be money, time on electronics, etc. Anything that will motivate them to work
- Board games – as much as your kids might roll your eyes when you pull them out, they usually get into it
- Let them work – if your child is old enough let them mow the neighbors yard or walk the dog. It will be an opportunity to teach them about earning, spending and saving
- Bored is OK – our kids are so used to being entertained by someone or something. Let them be creative and figure out our to entertain themselves. Their artistic minds will grow!
These are just a few ideas to help you with your summer plans! If you have any ideas that you would like to share on how you are keeping your kids busy this summer, I’d love to hear from you!