by Contributing Writer, Tonya Ferguson
So the Kids Are Home From School, Now What?
I looooooove when my kids are home and we are all under one roof.
Except the first 2 weeks they are home……
Yeah, it takes us all a bit of time to get used to each other again!
5 Ways to Make It a Great Summer
1. Have A Schedule and Routine
My 4 children operate best within boundaries and structure, so the same morning chores apply in the summer as they do during the school year. Get up, make beds, get dressed, brush teeth, eat breakfast, unload dishwasher, and do chicken chores ALL still apply in the summer. We just get to start a little later in the morning!
Chores are good for kids, teaching them responsibility for their jobs later in life, is part of our call as parents. Don’t cater to your kids and do their work for them because it’s easier. In the end, this is only detrimental to you both! More Age Appropriate Chores listed here.
2. Be Spontaneous
Now that seems opposite of number 1, doesn’t it? Here is what I mean:
You are in the middle of supper prep, the kids are crabbing at your feet, and instead of losing your cool, how about you ask them if they’d like to head out to set the picnic table for supper?
Tonight’s dinner will be served outside, how fun!
Or how about setting up the sprinkler for your kids, and surprising them by actually running through it with them?
Have they been begging to go on a family bike ride? Or stop and get ice cream? Don’t plan, don’t think about the bazillion things you should be doing at home, go enjoy, and be ALL there, ALL as a family. You could even get TWO scoops of ice cream if you rode your bike there, RIGHT!?!?!
3. Limit Media
Kids need fresh air, exercise, stimulation to their brains in non-electronic form. Limit media to an hour or less a day, and set a timer if you have to. Place electronic games/iPads out of reach, so your child must receive it from you to have their allotted time. This keeps you and them in check of how long and how much they are playing.
More media stats here.
Promote reading by having everyone lay down in the afternoon for 1 hour and read or look at books quietly on their beds. Let them see you doing the same, you could use the break, right? Reading makes the world of learning a much better place both in school and in life in general. Plus, it’s QUIET and it’s good for them! Major score!
4. Don’t Over Commit
Half the fun of summer is not having to go-go-go all the time. Don’t fall into the “Uh oh, my kids will be bored!” trap. Yes, at first they might complain that there is nothing to do, but let them learn to play together again. Give them some responsibilities around the house and soon they will be busy from sun up to sun down having fun, learning what it means to keep house and be part of the family. Life is too busy as adults, it is our job to protect our kids from having to keep a social calendar for all their activities as well. Kids need to be kids while they can!
5. Make Memories
Have you been wanting to try an outdoor sleepover on your trampoline? Do it!
Have you been wanting to go on that family bike ride down the new paved bike trail? What are you waiting for?
Summers are best for making memories, don’t let opportunities pass you by!
Smile, Momma! You are setting the tone of your home each and every day all summer long.
What are your favorite family activities for summer?