Today marks the first day of summer break for us. It marks the day that we leave the chaos that is the school year behind and look forward to the chaos that is summer. Here are some tips to help ease you into a summer routine.
Encourage your children to get outside
Summer is short and the TV and iPads can wait. Set up play dates, go on walks to discover new things, and head out to your local playground to play. If you are home with the kids this summer, take some time each day to stay on top of your own to-do list and chores.
Set aside so many minutes or hours each day to get your important tasks done as well and let everyone know when that time is. If kids are aware that you will take two hours each morning to do your work and clean the house, they will be ready for it.
With all of the delicious summer foods, barbecues and treats out there. Make sure you always have fruit and vegetables on hand for snacks. Cut them up and put them in the fridge where little fingers can easily grab them.
Keep a routine
Ensure you and your children keep a routine during the summer months. This includes setting times for sleep and waking up. Sleeping in and staying up late are great, but will lead to unproductive days.
Small things like making their bed in the morning and brushing their teeth can get a good schedule going and keep the chaos in check
Get the kids to help with chores
Having an extra set of hands around the house during the summer can be helpful. Talk with your kids and see what type of chores they can help with. I have a list of chores that toddlers can do for those younger kids. – emptying the dishwasher and setting the table are easy tasks that can give you back a few minutes of your day.
What are your biggest tips for managing summer chaos?
This post is sponsored by Church & Dwight.