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Hello there and welcome! Summer is fun but can be completely overwhelming. That’s why today I’m talking about four practical ways for you to keep your sanity with your kids at home this summer. Let’s dive in!
One of the best things to do is to keep a schedule to your day, especially if you are home with your kids all day and every day throughout the summer. Your daily schedule can include play time inside, outside time, what times during the day the kids can have a snack, academic/reading time to keep up on those school skills, and quiet time.
Not only do you want to include those different activities during the day, but you also want to include the specific time that each of those activities happen. Maybe the morning is outside time before it gets too hot and after lunch is quiet time so the little ones can take a nap.
Think about your day and be strategic with what activities occur when. Create a physical schedule that you can post in your home and reference it often!
Following routines is different than keeping a schedule, and I’m specifically talking about those morning routines and those bedtime routines. Following both of the routines during the summer can definitely help with transitioning back to that school schedule come fall.
Your kids can keep and follow their morning routine by waking up at a certain time, getting dressed, brushing teeth, making their bed, having breakfast, etc. Similarly, they can follow a set bedtime routine: taking a bath, putting on pajamas, brushing teeth, reading a story, and lights out. Remember that following a bedtime routine includes going to bed at a certain time each night. This will really help with that back-to-school transition!
Summer is a great opportunity to assign your children new chores or extra chores. Since they have extra availability, it’s a great time to teach them some new household skills like sorting laundry and washing clothes, taking care of family pets, and gardening. Brainstorm some things that you children can learn for the remainder of the summer that they might not have the time for during the school year. There’s still time left to teach them a new skill!
You hear me talk often about the importance of providing expectations. The summer can be an especially important time to provide expectations so your children know what to expect during a less structured time of the year.
If there’s a change in your schedule or you’re going somewhere you don’t typically go, providing expectations on what you’re doing, where you’re going, how the daily schedule has changed, and what your children should do and how they should behave can really help maintain that order that keeps your family at peace.
You can do the same when going on a vacation. Let your children know what the day’s events are, what they should know, and how they should behave. Providing these expectations can really be a gamechanger to your summer!
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