In the past I have had a few different summers. There was the summer of the extreme summer routine. Actually it was more like a hyped up home summer camp. Then there was the summer of zero routine. With both of these, we all ended up in survival mode. Both left me feeling overwhelmed and stressed out.
Then there was the other summer. The summer that I implemented a simple summer routine to help our days have some sort of schedule.
This was the summer we thrived.
After that summer, I realized the importance of having a summer routine. My kids and I both thrive on routine. When we do not have a routine, they end up being on their tablets or watching TV A LOT which results in them arguing which results in me yelling- never a good combination.
In case you have the same struggle with summer, I wanted to share this simple summer routine. Read it over, take some ideas from it, and then form one that works for you!
A Simple Summer Routine
There are no alarm clocks in the summer. My kids are usually up fairly early anyways. We take the early morning with a lot of grace and coffee. I usually have coffee, have some “quiet time”, and then prepare breakfast. The kids are usually having some technology time or playing during this time.
I usually have a little clean up to do in the morning, so I like to involve the kids in this. They have to make sure their beds are made and clothes are in the dirty clothes.
Yes, we do a little school during the summer. They have some reading and math during this time. They have some school books they can do a worksheet from or I save little worksheets for them to do here and there.
As long as it is not raining, we head outside. Most of the time this means doing something in the water because of the southern heat and humidity. We usually do our activity for the day during this time as well. If we are having an outing for the day it is usually during this time.
My youngest still naps so she takes her nap and the boys have rest time. I let them use their tablets during this time or watch a movie. Sometimes they read. The point is that they are quiet as their sister is resting and this is when I do some writing work.
We typically go outside again in the afternoon or run errands or head to the library. If we did not do our activity for the day earlier, we do it during this time.
TV or Play Time
In the time before dinner they can either play with toys or watch a show on TV.
Reminder- this is what works for our family. You have to do what works best for your family. Use this as a springboard to get you ready to set your own summer routine.
Make sure to grab your Guide to Thrive During the Summer as a Mom workbook as it contains planning printables you can use to make your own summer routine, a family bucket list sheet, plus other great tips. If you need some fun activities to do this summer with your kids, enter your email below to receive an email every Sunday sharing 5 simple summer activities.
This is the first post in the Let’s Thrive Series- tips to help moms thrive in the summer! Next week we will be talking about tips for YOU to thrive this summer. Make sure to follow along on Instagram as I will be sharing more tips here and there!
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