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Summertime can mean so many things. For some of us, it simply means the weather is warmer (hotter?). For others, kids are home, so our entire routines change, making us wonder how to create a toddler schedule or routine, and maybe even how to integrate older children into that mix. Or, maybe you yourself are out of school for the summer and have time off that you don’t normally have during the rest of the year.
Summer can mean travel, but it can also mean that it’s time to get projects done. So, how do we do both?
We get organized.
We make sure we have a good balance of “work” and “fun.”
After all, the goal of summer is to have fun with our little ones, right?
We want to make lasting memories and make it the summer they’ll remember… but, we also need to finish that house project before winter and make sure we ward off the “summer slide” as best we can…
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When we’re home all day without any plans, it’s easy to let time slip away from us and for our routines to go out the window. Sometimes we find ourselves still in our pajamas at 3 o’clock on a Friday afternoon (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing…) and wonder where the day or week went. Our house might be torn apart from kids playing and we’re probably getting tired of breaking up sibling squabbles and stepping over Legos. So, what can we do to make sure we have fun with our kids this summer (after all, they’re only this age once!), but get everything done that we need to?
Let’s talk about several different approaches and things we can do to make summer both fun, but manageable, while creating or revising a kid or toddler schedule or routine. We’ll start with the big picture and organizing what we envision our summer looking like.
Here’s the Cliff Notes Version for Creating a Summer Schedule or Routine:
Now, scroll down and check out the Tips for Toddlers and Preschoolers (below), Tips for Being Prepared and Organized, Skipping the Summer Slide, and Tried and True Methods for Sticking to a Daily Routine below!
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Summer is supposed to be fun, right? So, start by making a “Summer Bucket List.”
Now that you know what everyone would like to do this summer, talk about what needs to be done and how you’ll accomplish this. Do this by writing a “Family To Do List.”
It’s a good idea to write all these things down. You might not be able to accomplish them all, but it’s helpful to have it all written down.
You have two main lists- the “Summer Bucket List” (the fun one!) and the “Family To Do List” (the “work” one!). It’s time to tie them together. There are several ways to do this, but involving your children in the planning, especially if they’re older, is a wonderful way to get them to help you and understand what needs to be done, when it needs to happen, and why. Depending on your “Summer Bucket List” items and your “Family To Do List” length and type of items, you can create a schedule in several different ways.
Regardless of how you decide to integrate your two lists, create a calendar for it. Some questions to help you with combining your lists and calendaring it are:
Now that we’ve looked at the big picture, let’s focus on each day and thinking about how we can make our days go smoothly while getting done what we hope and need to accomplish.
The “summer slide” is the term many use for kids who forget some of what they learned over the summer, so they start the next school year a little behind where they ended the previous school year. EEEEeeeek! How awful is that!? Incorporate learning into your day to prevent this from happening!
Phew! That’s a lot! But, even if it just gets you thinking, or you only use the parts that are most relevant and helpful to you, you should be well on your way to controlling the chaos to make this summer one for the memory books. If you’re ready to get started, check out my FREE printables to help you organize your time this summer! You might also be interested in How to Easily Make Over 60 Busy Bag Activities for $12 and How to Make a Toddler Activity Kit.
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