Which Kind of Summer Break Mom are You?
There are two kinds of stay-at-home parents:
1 – The ones who welcome summer vacation, who are completely stress free as they and their kids just wing it every day, stumbling upon adventures and just brushing off the daily squabbles between siblings.
2 – The parents who dread summer vacation. Endless days of kids crying that they’re bored, endless hours of sibling fights, endless minutes of chaos and disorder.
This post is for parents in the number 2 category. We all desperately wish we were like the number one parents. But we are not. We crave order and quiet. We crave time to clean the house or work at our work-from-home jobs.
Here are my two big kids on the last day of school last year, and a clear message to me that summer could have gone one of two ways.
I had my plans in place and followed a lot of ideas from this list, and summer turned out okay, no matter of how my kindergartener felt about the whole ordeal.
If you’re wondering how to enjoy the season most of us Michiganders live for, the three short months of summer and lake fun, I’ve got ideas to help make that happen.
11 Hacks for Surviving Summer Break With Kids
Enjoying Summer Break Takes Planning
There may be other ways to enjoy summer break with kids, but the only way I know is to plan, plan and plan some more. You can still be “spur of the moment” mom – as long as you plan it out!
Check out these ideas for Summer Schedule/managing kids over summer break.
1 – Create a Monthly Family Calendar
Put it on the fridge or somewhere visible, listing all the camps and activities/trips scheduled for each month. Kids can see what special things are coming up and feel a sense of order.
2 – Use a Daily Schedule Over Summer Break
Thinking I’m off my rocker yet? Kids crave parameters. And the great thing about summer break is that nothing terrible will happen if you go off schedule.
In fact, it’s probably fun to point out to kids, “well, we were going to clean our rooms today, but let’s to go the beach instead! (Which you had secretly planned, but now they think you’re an amazing spontaneous mom and won’t even wonder how you suddenly have a cooler packed with beach lunch). Don’t feel like a beach day? This schedule is here for you.
3 – Download This Summer Bucket List
Post it for everyone to see and let the kids check off things as you complete them.
(See, now you can tick that beach day right off the list, spontaneous mom!)
Download the 2 page printable here:
4 – Have Daily Chores for Kids
This can be part of their morning routine. Everyone likes feeling useful. Create tasks that are age appropriate and explain to kids that they earn their screen time (or ice cream that afternoon or whatever) by completing chores accurately, and without complaint.
Kate has some fun ideas for getting everyone involved in household cleanup.
5- Utilize Childcare at Workout Facilities like MVP and Renew Mama
If you are a work-from-home mom, then you now how hard it is to work over summer break, when your stay-at-home mom gig is running overtime. Many local workout facilities offer childcare and workspaces. Places like MVP are a total win because you can drop your kids off to childcare, get some work done in their state of the art workspace, and then jump in the pool afterward!