Transitioning from school to summer can be a tough one for kids and parents alike, kids can get a bit restless and hyper and it seems like parents can’t seem to catch their breath but who says only kids can get a break? Summer is the time for relaxation, picking up new hobbies and spending that quality time with the family but it can get tricky trying to figure out how to manage it all at once. Lack of planning or ideas is an easy way to get yourself overwhelmed and disappointed in how your summer break is turning out. It’s time to get up and get moving, here are some ideas to steer you in the right direction towards the perfect summer!
1. Establish a routine
I think we all underestimate just how essential this can be in our everyday lives but this is non-negotiable! Yes, summer is the time to have that open schedule to do anything and everything because schools out. But sitting around being lazy and labeling it as “hanging out” won’t give you the energy or structure that you want to have in a household for the summer. Rather than letting a perfect day go to waste, lay down a laid back routine for summer that gives the kids something to do each day and keeps everyone on their feet. It’s totally okay to have those pajama days to be lazy and stay in but letting habits like those stick can lead a pretty unproductive summer so curb that by setting certain expectations for every day.
2. Keep the kids busy
If think every parent has at some pointed sighed or thought the words “But I don’t have time!”, this can easily become like a slogan for you if your kids are keeping your hands more than full. Need a solution? Get the kids involved the community. You can sign them up to do activities with you or maybe your friend’s child; Whether it’s signing them up for summer camp, swim lessons, sports clubs, or activities at a YMCA, keeping your kids busy not only will solve their summer boredom and restlessness, but it’s also going to take a lot of stress off of your hands. Keeping their energy up and putting it to good use is an easy way to ensure you and your kids can enjoy summer.
3. Stay energized
With all the planning and chaos of the summer, it’s easy and dangerous for parents to forget about their health. Ideally, you’re supposed to get up to 8 hours of sleep and wake up refreshed but we all that’s not realistic. Instead, take careful steps make sure you’re taking care of yourself as the day goes on. Start with a good full breakfast for you and the kids and have that cup of coffee that wakes you up. Keep protein bars and snacks like trail mix in your bag to snack on when you’re feeling a bit drained. Also, make sure you’re drinking the right about of water to keep you hydrated and energized. Try exercising in the early morning or taking a quick walk with your child around the neighborhood, this will get your blood running and get you ready for a day worth of fun!
4. Plan fun activities
When it comes to having those summer adventures and making memories with your family, planning is key! We all have days where we decide to do something on a whim and while it may be successful, we may have forgotten something that might’ve been helpful for the trip like food, ponchos, sunglasses, etc. With kids, planning those fun activities ahead of time gives you the chance to prepare everything you need. Search for cool programs, events, activities and more happening near you on certain dates or plan a family trip somewhere that you know the kids will enjoy. Either way, give yourself the advantage over situations like unexpected bad weather or clothing accidents by being prepared in advance!
5. Treat Yourself
This is often the area that parents struggle with the most. Taking a quick break from the kids to have that rare moment alone may be the boost of energy and peace of mind that you need every now and then. To make this happen, find a certain time in the day and establish that as your “me time”. With little kids, this may be a bit difficult so maybe have your alone time in the morning before they’re up or on a certain day where a relative watches them for you. Whether it’s doing yoga, reading a book, or just enjoying some fresh air, find an activity that relaxes you and takes you to a peaceful state. Taking that time out of the day to give yourself a chance to breathe is the perfect way to make sure you’re keeping up and taking care of yourself in the midst of all the craziness that comes with being a parent.
Summer can be fun and productive but also overwhelming and tiring. Making sure you’re taking those necessary steps to put yours on the right path is essential for every parent. Just a little planning and routine can change a boring summer into one full of smiles and memories. So as we venture into this summer season, pick up some ideas on what you want to do this break to fight the stress that comes with it. Plan ahead, stay energized and hopefully, a few of those plans will make your summer more of a dream than a nightmare.