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Well, we are in the home stretch of summer, you guys. With school starting back (for most of our kids) in about 4 weeks, we may all feel like we are in “survival mode.” Up until now, we’ve been super busy with activities, trips, appointments, play dates, etc. But now, as summer vacation winds down, I feel myself hiding in the closet/bathroom to get some peace and quiet!
Needless to say, surviving the summer with your children can be challenging. Here are some tips to help you make the most of the summer while keeping everyone happy and entertained:
Plan activities for the end of Summer:
Create a summer bucket list with your children. Include a mix of indoor and outdoor activities such as trips to the park, museum visits, arts and crafts, movie nights, and outdoor games. Our local children’s museum is awesome (and inexpensive). Having a plan will help you stay organized and ensure there’s always something to look forward to.
Summer heat can be intense, so it’s important to stay cool and hydrated. Set up a backyard sprinkler or inflatable pool, or visit local community pools or water parks. Be sure to apply sunscreen and encourage your children to drink plenty of water. My in-laws bought us an inflatable water slide from amazon like this one and it has been AMAZING!
Establishing a summer routine can provide structure and make things easier. Set regular wake-up and bedtime hours, plan meal times, and incorporate daily activities like reading, chores, and playtime. We have not followed much of a routine over the last month and now that school is starting soon, getting back to a routine is super important!
Get creative indoors:
On extremely hot or rainy days, have a list of indoor activities ready. Engage in arts and crafts projects, build forts with blankets, have a popcorn and movie party. You can also consider indoor play centers, libraries, or museums that offer air-conditioned spaces.
Involve your children in household chores:
Engage your children in age-appropriate household tasks. Not only will this teach them responsibility, but it will also provide a sense of accomplishment and help alleviate some of the workload. Our oldest (who is 6) has simple tasks like: feed the dogs, wipe the table after dinner and put a new trash bad in the trash can when Daddy empties it. Keep it age-appropriate! Here is an example of a printable chore chart:
Taking care of yourself is crucial to maintaining your energy and patience throughout the summer. Find time for self-care activities, such as reading a book, exercising, or enjoying a hobby. I read a 600 page book this summer y’all. FOR FUN! It was glorious. Don’t hesitate to ask for help or involve other family members or friends in childcare duties.
Remember, summer is a time for fun and relaxation, so embrace the joy of spending quality time with your children and create lasting memories together.