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How to Thrive This Summer as a Mom

We are in our last week of school and I am gearing up for summer vacation with the kids. My goal is to thrive this summer as a mom. When I am thriving, it trickles down throughout the entire family.  Days of survival mode will still happen but hopefully I can avoid slinking into an entire season characterized by survival mode.

So how do you thrive this summer as a mom? To start out, there are three main things I try to remember! 

Let go of expectations.

One of the biggest struggles that we have as moms is our expectations. Every single mom I talk to struggles with this. Without even realizing it, we have expectations. I expect that my kids are going to love an activity and it goes horribly wrong. We plan to go to the beach and it rains. Friends, we have to learn to let go of the expectations so we can thrive this summer.

Instead of holding onto my expectations, which in all honesty, are usually pretty unrealistic, I am trying a different route. Ask yourself, what would an ideal summer day look like? Be realistic and write it down.

  • What time would you want to wake up?
  • What time would breakfast be?
  • What would you do during the day?

Asking yourself these questions, can help root out all of your unspoken expectations. Expectations are not always the enemy, but unspoken expectations are breeding ground for trouble.

Now that you have the answers written out, ask yourself what would you need to do in order to make these things happen?

For example:

Looking over my expectations, I realize one thing. It is up to me for these things to happen. My kids will follow my lead. Yes, they may fight it at times, but overall they are following what you set up. Which leads me into my next tip.

Keep a routine.

Okay, I am all about some relaxation time and I love to say goodbye to the routine at summer. However, what I mainly mean is say goodbye to the school schedule routine. We will still have a routine because my kids thrive on a routine. I love to write everything out on my summer sheets.

I can look at my expectations and make a plan from there. My goal is to spend some time each Sunday prepping for the week ahead by filling out my weekly sheet. I will have one fun activity a day- simple and fun! Need help with this? I am sharing my weekly plans with you! Just sign up for the Summer Fun email series and you will receive one email every Sunday (June 4-August 13) with your plan for that specific week. Each email will include 5 activities, supply list, and some practical encouragement. Friends, it is so simple!

Want to have fun with your kids this summer but overwhelmed by all the ideas? I can help- sign up to receive an email full of a weekly plan every Sunday during the summer! There will be a daily activity plus supply list!

Say no to things.

My final tip is that we cannot overload our schedules so much that we are jumping from camp to camp, activity to activity. Friends, there is a beauty in being still and our kids can learn this from us. In today’s society, busy is common and almost glorified. It is common for kids to be in multiple sports and activities throughout the school year and the trend lapses over into summer. Both make me cringe and want to slow down even more. Now, I know we all are called to different things, but I just want to encourage you that you do not have to do all the things this summer. You do not have to sign up your kids for every single camp this summer. You can say no and relax.

A couple years ago, a friend spoke at our Mom’s group about how many summers we have with our kids. The number is so limited. Let’s not waste them doing all the things, instead less do less so we can be together more.

Are you ready to thrive this summer? You have got this mama! And when the days are tough, because there will be those days, I am here cheering you on! Share your summer with us using #thrivingmomssummer Let’s share the good and the hard and be there for each other, reminding each other that we can thrive!

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P.S. One last thing! I want to quickly share about an amazing study that I will be starting!

As we have talked about summer can be a struggling time. Even though it is meant to be relaxed, you often feel like you have NO time for yourself, let alone God!

  • Do you struggle with finding time to read the Bible during the summer?
  • Is your summer Bible study routine mismatched and disjointed?
  • Do you lack focus and direction in Bible reading, especially in the summer?

Check out Summer of Psalms!  In this plan you will be able to read the Psalm, write your prayers and journal your thoughts and answer reflection questions all in one place! Get your copy here!

Grow in your relationship with God this summer with this study.

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20 Comments

  • Reply Viktoria

    I always have huge expectations and I often end up disappointed. That’s really something I need to work on 🙂

    May 30, 2017 at 3:19 am
    • Reply Keri

      It is so hard Viktoria- I am definitely a work in progress! Many days I am constantly reminding myself to let go of my unrealistic expectations and remember reality!

      May 30, 2017 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Crystal

    Love this!! Saying no to things is huge for me and my kids. To just let go and enjoy being so creativity flourishes and the soul exhales.

    May 30, 2017 at 11:09 am
    • Reply Keri

      Thank you Crystal! That is so true! I picture such peace and calmness with letting go. In those moments, the best times happen! So glad you stopped by today!

      May 30, 2017 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Jackie

    Great post! I like the idea of saying no to things sometimes I feel like I have to do it all! Coming home from a trip right now and we are taking some time off!

    May 30, 2017 at 1:56 pm
    • Reply Keri

      Yes, I understand and feel the same way many times. Enjoy some slower time and rest! The more you say no, the easier it gets!

      May 30, 2017 at 9:47 pm
  • Reply Rebekah

    Great reminders! I like the idea of taking a little time on Sunday to plan out my week. Having a basic routine helps everyone! Thanks for the reminder to cherish these times because they go by so fast!

    May 30, 2017 at 2:55 pm
    • Reply Keri

      Thank you Rebekah, that has definitely been a lifesaver or a tip for me!

      May 30, 2017 at 9:46 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    This is so good! I love the reminder to let go of expectations. Whew! Definitely an area that I am a work in progress in.

    June 1, 2017 at 9:54 pm
    • Reply Keri

      Me too girl- every single day.

      June 2, 2017 at 1:44 pm
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  • Reply Laura

    I’ve had to recognize when my expectations were off, too–sometimes that’s the thing that trips me up the most! Love these ideas, thanks for sharing!

    June 2, 2017 at 7:36 am
    • Reply Keri

      Yes, those pesky expectations are always getting in the way!

      June 2, 2017 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Rosanna

    Our expectations sure can get us into trouble, can’t they? I’m not sure, yet, what mine are because we aren’t quite to summer here because school is still on, but I do know that there are many things that I want/need to get done around the house this year that I don’t get done during the school year. Thanks for the reminder to make realistic expectations.

    June 2, 2017 at 7:45 am
    • Reply Keri

      Yes Rosanna! I decided to make a list for the house for the summer and shoot for 2 projects a month. We will see! Best wishes for the start of your summer!

      June 2, 2017 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Heather Hart

    This summer I’m learning I need to be flexible. Our shifting schedule is making a normal routine impossible for the next month or so. And I have to learn to be okay with that.

    June 2, 2017 at 9:54 am
    • Reply Keri

      Heather, that is so so good! Being flexible is something I am constantly trying to learn!

      June 2, 2017 at 1:43 pm
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