Summer Survival – 5 Tips for Mom
This is the last week of school for my 4 kids. I’m looking forward to not having nightly homework, I mean, for THEM not to have nightly homework. 😉 Seriously, though, I’m excited about the adventures I’m going to have with my kiddos: trips to the beach, the pool, walks in the neighborhood, and VACATION!! However, with this excitement also comes a *teeny* bit of dread. Don’t scoff at me! LOL! I know that after a few days of being home, my kids are going to start in with the “I’m bored” mess. And I do not have time for that! So, if you’re like me, and need a few tips to survive the summer here ya go.
- To keep boredom at bay, have TO DO LISTS for your littles. This could include: cleaning their rooms, walking the family pet, washing the car, laundry, doing dishes, etc… you get the idea. I’ve also seen the brilliant idea of not allowing tech toy play time until to do lists are complete. GENIUS! Have a chore chart hanging on the wall that will help give visual reminders to you and your kids for what needs to be accomplished daily. This is one we have and love.
2. Have a Summer Reading Club. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Grab a reading list from your child’s school and go through it with your them. Depending on the reading level of your child, you could have them read 1 book a week, 1 book every two weeks, or 1 book a month. Whichever you choose, you’ll have the joy of watching your child enjoy books. You could also do nightly read aloud’s with kids classics, and this is something your entire family could enjoy together. One way that I love to sneak literature in our lives is by listening to book on CD. I pop it into the van and we listen while we are in the vehicle together. We LOVE doing this. Your local library will have these, or for a small fee, Cracker Barrel also has a book on CD rental program!
3. Keep a schedule. It’s easy to let everything go during the summer months, but kids thrive in a structured environment. You may want to adjust bedtimes, but if your littles know that their schedule hasn’t changed much everyone will be much happier. Kids need rest as they grow. Moms and Dads need rest and quiet time alone before bed. You will have a happier home if everyone has the rest they need.
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5. Kick the grumpies to the curb by diffusing mood boosting essential oils. Don’t have a diffuser? No problemo! Add several drops to your air filters in your home, add a drop or two to a cotton ball and place in vents, add a few drops to a tissue and vacuum it up to disperse the fragrance through your home, or add some drops to a spray bottle and spray in your home. My favorite “happy oils” are: Orange, Stress Away, Lime, Cardamom, and Joy.
Summer is right here upon us. Arm yourself with the tools necessary to keep your little ones happy and keep yourself sane. If you have other ideas, I would love to hear them!
Until next time,