Mom’s summer holiday survival kit

There are roughly seven more weeks left of school and our kids will be all ours for the summer.

Our girls are at an age where they can play a lot of the day on their own and my role is moving into a supervisory one versus my old role as primary entertainer. So I am looking forward to my summers outside.

Mom's Summer holiday Survival Guide. Photo copyright LoloStock on Fotolia

If you are looking for some ideas to relax and enjoy your summer days a little more while home with the kids, we’ve got you covered.

Slow cooker

Summer is not a time to be slaving over a hot stove every single day. Get more day out of your day and stay outside longer be making some easy meals in your slow cooker. Let a small appliance take care of the tough stuff.

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My Next Issue Canada dashboard. I may be addicted.

With access to over 100 magazines right from that little tablet of yours, you can catch up on anything you want. There are even some great magazines in there for the kids. Maybe you’ll even find some inspiration to start your next summer project.

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Since I’ve recently joined Weight Watchers, I’ve been reading their magazine on my Next Issue and catching up on all of the back issues for some healthy options (there is also Canadian Health & Lifestyle, Cooking Light, Eating Well and more).

Mini manis and pedis

If your kids are old enough that they don’t need you following five feet behind them all the time, take some time to give yourself a mini pedicure while you are outside. Pull out some lacquer, lotion and a nail file and get some me time in where you can.

Besides, painted summer toes always look fabulous.


So this one if for you in a round about way. If your kids are starting to get big enough that they can get their own snacks; let them. Store healthy choices like fruit and vegetables (pre-cut) at the bottom of the fridge. You can also store nuts, seeds, popcorn, and other dry snacks at kid-level in the pantry.

At snack time, let them know what they can have and tell them they can pull out what they need on their own. As they get older they can begin making their own healthy choices.

This prepares them for fending for themselves later, and gives you a little break from running around all day.

Coffee, or wine. Or both.

Remember to set up those play dates with friends. It’s the perfect time to visit and catch up and let all of the kids play for a couple of hours.

Are the kids not cooperating?

Need to grab a couple hours of quiet, here are some quick (and fairly cheap) attention grabbers to buy you some time:

  • sprinklers
  • chalk (for the ground, or use with water for face and arm painting)
  • bubbles
  • watering cans (for the younger group that loves to water stuff)
  • other ideas? Leave a comment if you have anything to add.

Summer holidays are busy enough with activities away from the home. When it’s a ‘play in the yard until the sun sets’ kind of day, remember to take some time for yourself too.

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Found in Parenting, Summer