Read these tips to thrive this summer at home with your kids!
Are you ready to thrive this summer at home with your kids? While a typical summer can bring about many emotions, this summer is bringing an even heavier influx of emotions.
As I think back on my summers as a mom, I clearly remember some survival mode summers. Even in hard seasons, I do not want to live sinking in survival mode and I don’t think you do either.
Yes, summer will have some survival moments, but it does not have to be just that- we can thrive this summer.
Tips to Thrive This Summer At Home
Establish a Rhythm
Kids thrive when they have structure. The structure is going to look different in every home. Some families may be more structured than others.
The goal is that you have a basic rhythm to flow with each day.
In the summer it is natural to throw off all resemblance of a routine. However, this can often result in some chaotic moments.
One thing that has been key for us is to do one planned activity a day. It gives the kids something to look forward to and is a bonding time for us. This year we are following the At-Home Summer Camp ideas.
Other helpful things to add into your rhythm:
- Reading Time
- Screen Time
- Outside Time
Get the At-Home Summer Camp Kit here! It is a digital kit with 12 weeks of planned fun!
Set up the kitchen for success.
All moms know that when the kids are home, the pantry and fridge are quickly emptied. Take some time to think through a good variety of snacks to have on hand.
Also, think about water bottles, cups, bowls for snacking, and so on. It is good to have everything ready for summertime!
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Have a beach/pool bag ready.
Obviously, this is going to depend on your situation. If you live near a beach or pool that is open, consider having a stocked beach bag ready.
With our backyard pool, I like to have the towels and sunscreen near the backdoor for easy access.
Prepare some fun for the kids.
Along with doing our activity a day, I also have a few other things on hand to help when we need something new or fresh.
Art Supplies- My kids love drawing, so we have a caddy full of drawing tools plus paper nearby. This year we got a cart to use during our school at home. I am excited to continue to use this during the summer as a way to contain all of the art supplies.
I’m Bored Jar- At some point in the summer, we will all hear the words, “I’m bored!” One way to help solve the boredom is by creating an I’m Bored Jar. All you need is a jar and some craft sticks. I added some washi tape to the top of mine to mix it up. One-color is for inside activities, the other is for outside, and the third is for family outings. When your child claims they are bored tell them to pick a stick and have fun.
Inventor’s Box- My boys, especially my oldest, are always wanting to create something. One day, I decided to start putting random items we no longer needed in a box. The items have been: yarn, a can, bottle lids, etc. We call it the Inventor’s Box. It has been a great solution for him.
Give everyone grace.
Summer is going to be filled with hard and good moments. In the hard moments, give yourself and your kids grace.
Plan in family time and self-time.
Look at the calendar now and set aside specific dates for outings you want to take as a family. This may be something that you have to be flexible this year and take week by week. Focus on cultivating meaningful memories at home. Take some time to fill out the summer planning guide to help you get ready for summer.
While this season will look different, it can still have good moments in it.
Are you ready to thrive this summer as a mom?
I hope these tips will help you get a jump start! I would love to hear your tips in the comments below!
Make sure to check out the At-Home Summer Camp Kit! It includes 12 weeks of themed activities for your kids.