I know it’s only the first day of spring, but, summer will be here before we know it. We just had our spring conferences with both of the girl’s teachers and they both received excellent remarks from their teachers. It’s kind of hard to believe that the school year will be over in a few short months. As a part-time work from home mom, I face the struggle of not having enough time to entertain the kids 24/7 and not having enough funds to send them to camps full time either. I’ve been working from home for the past 4 years now so I’ve had plenty of time to find what works and what doesn’t. I’m excited to share our summer survival tips with you all.
Stick to a Schedule
I know, I know, how boring am I? I do give my kids a little more freedom in the summer don’t get me wrong. However, I’ve found that when you go from a structured daily to routine to none that all hell breaks loose. We try to wake up by 8 am, eat breakfast, head to the gym, I get some work done and then schedule an activity for the afternoon. This gives them something to look forward to, and helps keep you sane.
For the past two summers we’ve been using the Summer Bridge and Summer Express workbooks to keep the girls academically engaged. Their teachers have told me that this has made a huge difference in their performance during the next school year. This is my biggest summer survival tip of all. Not only does it help keep my kids engaged and learning, it also keeps them busy while I’m working. It’s a win-win for everyone. I’m also picking up some flashcards to help them in areas they need extra practice.
Plan Weekly “Field Trips”
Because I have to work, I sometimes feel like I get the short end of the stick during the summer. However, I’m extremely lucky that I do have flexibility in the hours I work per day. This summer, I intend to take one weekday off per week to spend as we please. This could mean going to the movies, visiting a new museum or heading out to the beach.
Search for Summer Programs in your Area
Full day summer camp may not be in the budget for everyone but with a little research you can find something that works for you. Most cities will have vacation bible school programs that are low or no cost. You can also sign up for kids bowl free to enjoy free bowling for your children all summer long. Having some time away is so helpful for your sanity too!
There is nothing worse than kids with too much energy trapped inside the house all day! While sometimes it just isn’t feasible to be running around enjoying the outdoors, it’s important to make time each day for exercise. This helps them get some of that pent up energy out so that you can hopefully get some time to yourself. I try to take the kids swimming and/or let them ride bikes, skateboard or play at the park for at least 30 minutes a day.
How do you survive the summers with your kids? I’d love to hear your ideas!
Thanks for reading!