Tuesday May 15, 2018
Summer is just around the corner and for millions of kids anticipation and excitement are about to burst like an over-stuffed binder. In just a few short weeks, the kiddos will be off for summer vacation. But that also means that parent anxiety levels are rising, too, as they realize they have to get ready for more home time with the kids. Making sure the kids stay occupied and don’t turn into couch potatoes over the summer can be a challenge.
Here are a few suggestions to help you get ready for the break:
Get a Schedule
The first thing you need to do is get a planning calendar (if you don’t already have one) and map out the summer. Be sure to include dates like the first day of break, the last day of break, and any summer orientations that your child’s school may schedule.
Do a Thorough Cleaning
You’ll want to do a thorough “deep cleaning” of the house to get it spiffy for the summer. Why? Because you know you will be too busy to do this once the kids are at home. Time to get those walls and carpets washed and ready for the summertime kid parade.
Set Up a Chore List
Yes, the kids are going to need time to blow off some steam and relax. You can also use this opportunity to teach them responsibility. Create a chore list with at least one daily task for each of the children. Make sure that they follow through with this every day and reward them with an allowance. In this way, you can teach them how to save and budget their money for special treats.
Sure, this would be better for earlier in the year. But now is a good time to touch base with your child’s teachers, even if it is just by email. Ask them what they believe your child needs to improve on and what you can do to help them. Also, many teachers assign summer reading, so you’ll want to make sure to find out about that before the school year ends.
Make Sure It Really Is A “Summer Break”
Sports, swimming, sleepovers, beach or lake days, summer camp, and family trips: who decided to name this “summer break” anyway? There’s no question that our children keep us hustling throughout the summer months, but with a little prior planning and preparation, you can make sure that everything runs smoothly in your home and life.