I am the type of person who loves schedules, routines and for everything to fall into place. When summertime arrives, those comforts can easily be thrown out the window! Keeping the kids entertained and my household running smoothly is my number one priority.
As a parent, I know that summertime can be a great time to reconnect with you kids. However, with the daily obstacles of life, this summer vacation can easily become a havoc of disorganization instead!
As the years go by, it seems summers get warmer and we are more and more concerned with the hazards of the outdoors (sun protection, bug bites, chemicals, and more (how did we ever survive?). Finding a balance that is fitting for your family can make summers much easier for everyone in the household.
Finding a summertime routine has worked tremendously for my family, as well as others that we know. Sitting down once a week to make a plan works like a charm. Everyone gets to voice their opinions and we all get to do what we love.
For example, at my house, Mondays and Wednesdays are swimming days. We have a BBQ every other weekend. Arts and crafts are on Tuesdays. Church is on Sundays, followed by a family picnic. The schedule changes from week to week, depending on everyone's input. If someone wants to visit the zoo or go see a new movie, we find a way to make it fit on the schedule. Just making sure not to get overloaded- it is still summer!
Using a system like this has worked great in my house. Everyone always has something to look forward to, I get to stay organized, and everyone is less stressed and happier for the summer!
If you are looking for things to do, try searching for local activities. You would be amazed by how much fun my family has had at the local farmers market, museums, craft fairs, and parades. Most local events are free or cost next to nothing. Something as small as starting your own garden, putting together a soccer team or just holding a garage sale as a family can open up a huge window of opportunities!
By guest blogger Jennifer Isaacks, http://onefrugallady.blogspot.com