Mom's Scheduling Tips For Staying Sane This Summer
By: Temple Display
Tip #1: Don't let your troops fall out of line with a schedule-less summer
No, I normally do not follow military rule when it comes to parenting. But I have found that the old saying is true. Idle hands are the devil's playground. And as cliché as it may sound, kids really thrive with a routine and daily planned activities. By no means am I going to have every minute of every day planned. But starting with a summer bedtime and setting a wake up alarm (and holding them accountable for actually getting up) does give these kids the chance to actually enjoy this summer. Instead of sleeping or wasting the summer away.
Tip #2: Let Summer Be the Chance to Commit
Whether your kid is a descendant of Picasso or can swing a club like Tiger, it's time to harness these gifts. Sign your child up for a music class or have them join a sports team. Having a summer commitment will keep them active, as well as, feeding that part of them that craves structure. I know I have already said this, and it's pretty much my summertime mantra, let's keep them accountable!
Tip#3: Learn to Take on a New Challenge
Growth is the biggest part of being a child. I think a lot of parents, myself included, we forget that making mistakes is part of the journey. So stop yourself from trying to make everything perfect and teach your child a new responsibility. Such as doing their own laundry, learning how to do lawn work, or setting the table for dinner. The first few times really teach them how to perform the task at hand. But then you need to take that back seat and let them make mistakes. Because through action they will truly learn. Make this job their new challenge for the summer and hold them…that's right…accountable!
Tip#4: Set Limits on Technology
This is my daughter's BIGGEST problem. And because it this wasn't something we as children faced, it can become the eternal struggle. But by not limiting her tablet time she is missing out on all the best parts of being a kid. I want her to have memories or riding her bike and making new friends just like I do. So this blogger is taking her own advice and limiting tablet time to an hour and a half a day. Breaking them down into 30 minute increments so she can still have that time a few times throughout the day. This may seem like a lot of time still, but I found making her quit cold turkey makes this almost impossible and even traumatic for both of us. But this is the healthy compromise that we can both (begrudgingly)
Tip#5: Have Fun TOGETHER!!!
This is my last tip (and most important) for staying sane this summer! Schedule in time to have fun, not just for the kids either! Summertime is also a time for you to have fun and enjoy your family. Go to the beach, explore your local state park, or conquer that miniature golf course that you can never make time to go to. Get creative and remember the stuff you used to love as a kid. My daughter loves running a lemonade stand, going to the roller skating rink, and going to the drive-in. Fun doesn't always mean spending money, just time.
Life is hard enough. Don't let your summer become a nightmare. Just follow these 5 easy scheduling tips and stay sane this summer! You and your kids will thank you for being such a stunning success. Have a GREAT summer!
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