School is ending soon, and that means a bunch of us will have to figure out how to keep our kids happy, busy, and manageable this summer. I’m grateful that my kids are getting older. Summers are much easier now that my kids are 5 and 7 and can at least keep themselves entertained sometimes. Still, keeping our kids busy during the summer months can be hard. Here are some things we are doing this year to survive the summer break.
1. Make a Schedule
One of the best ways to survive the summer with kids home from school is to get a schedule. Having a set schedule for the day will help keep everyone on track and ensure that everyone knows what is expected of them. A schedule can also help to prevent boredom, as it can provide structure and routine for the day. Ours will be flexible, but it will still have structure. Meals will be at the same time every day. We will have defined play time as a family, as well as individual play. My kids will understand that I am accessible and available for them, but also that my work doesn’t stop just because it’s summer.
2. Get Outside
Another way to survive the summer with kids home from school is to get outside. Spending time outdoors can help to burn off energy and keep kids from getting bored. There are many activities that can be done outdoors, such as swimming, hiking, biking, and playing sports. I know this sounds obvious, but sometimes getting outside can be tough. It’s already getting hot here in Georgia, and my kids are highly heat sensitive. We will do our best to take small outside adventures, while still keeping close mind on the heat.
3. Make Time for Yourself
It is also important to make time for yourself when you have kids home from school during the summer. Taking some time each day to do something that you enjoy, such as reading or taking a walk, can help you to relax and recharge. My husband and I both work from home. We’ve decided that this summer we will split shifts with the kids. I will work in the morning while he takes care of the kids, and in the afternoon, we will switch. This way, we each get time for ourselves to work or to rest if we need it.
4. Find Activities for the Whole Family
Another way to survive the summer with kids home from school is to find activities that the whole family can enjoy together. This can help to create lasting memories and ensure that everyone is spending time together. There are many activities that can be enjoyed as a family, such as going to the beach, picnicking in the park, seeing a movie, or visiting a museum.
5. Enroll in Summer Camps
One way to keep everyone happy and sane during the summer is to find summer camps for the kids. These can get expensive, but you can usually find good ones at lower prices at churches and community centers. I prefer day camps, where my kids go to camp for a few hours a day and then come home for the afternoon. It allows for the kids to get some fun and socialization, but for us to have family time too.
6. Be Flexible
Finally, it is important to be flexible when you have kids home from school during the summer. Things will inevitably come up that you did not plan for, such as a rainstorm ruining your picnic plans or your child getting sick. When these things happen, it is important to be able to roll with the punches and adjust your plans accordingly.