Today you are making the memories of tomorrow! People thrive on routine and hard work is immensely satisfying. Having a summer schedule for kids helps them feel more satisfied and less restless. There are endless fun things to do with kids in summer.
Why Do Schools Have a Summer Break?
Three months is a long time for kids to not have the structure of school or the benefits of education. So why is there such a long break? There are a couple theories circulating. The most common explanation is that schools took a break so that children could help their parents with farming and homestead tasks. Another explanation is the lack of air conditioning in urban areas caused so many students to skip school that officials eventually created a summer break for all. Whatever the reason, all parents know that summer breaks can be great fun and a great source of stress.
The Transition is the Hardest
Any change, positive or negative, is stressful because of fear of the unknown and lack of certainty. Simple solution. Let the kids know what to expect! Always keep a positive attitude because it’s catchy.
Celebrate the end of the year first! It does not have to be anything big. We always visit our local coffee shop and take a picture in the same spot. We talk about our favorite memories from the school year, look through pictures and make goals for the summer and the next school year.
Decide What is Important
Every family is different so it’s important to decide what are the most important things for you at this point in your life. Know that this will change every year based on age of kids. Developing good habits is much easier than trying to change bad habits. It’s never too late to start! It only takes 30 days to form a new routine. Self control is needed for success so start today!
- make bed
- quiet time
- chores that are age appropriate
- brush teeth
- brush hair
- put on deodorant (tween and older)
- personal reading
- act of kindness
- tidy up
- make and clean up lunch (age appropriate)
- draw / color picture
- 100 piece puzzle
- 300 piece puzzle
- read short or longer stories out loud
- typing practice
- math practice
- science experiments
- art projects
- board game
- make music or dance around to silly songs
We have certain things that we do every day no matter what. Then we have loose scheduling that we fill in with other activities as time allows. Be spontaneous to laugh, play and be silly with your kids. Those make the best memories!
Let Kids Know What to Expect
Make it visible in your home. Talk about it every day. Encourage but don’t nag, whine or pout. Inspire as you require.
Model self-discipline, cheerfulness and routine in your own life.
Printed sheets, magnet boards, picture charts, white boards, chalk boards or apps are all ways to make routines visible to children. Making a song out of a routine also helps them memorize.
Today You are Making the Memories of Tomorrow
Looking for some fun activities? Read Summer Fun Activities.
Have fun making meaningful summer memories! Routines help at home but don’t let sticking to the schedule stress you out. The goal is to develop life skills to help children become adults. Be flexible when other experiences opportunities arise. But never skip the deodorant!
Learn as much as you can. Love your children intentionally. Live fully.
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