Summer vacation? It might be great for the kids… but what about the parents? With a house full of kids, it can be hard to keep the peace for the whole summer. While it’s a good idea to take your kids to the park, beach, or any other fun place, some families may not have the luxury to do those things. And, when you and the kids are stuck at home, they might resort to staying glued to the television or any other mobile device to watch shows or play games.
So, what can parents do to survive the summer with their children? More importantly, how can they make the best out of the summer with their kids without having to resort to TV and mobile devices to babysit them all the time?
In this article, we’ll show you the seven ways that you can survive the summer with your kids.
While routines are essential during the school year, they shouldn’t be forgotten during the summer. Although your kids won’t have to wake up early during the summer to go to school, you’ll still need to establish a routine that won’t mess up their sleep patterns.
Although it’s impossible to plan for everything, you should still be ready for any changes that might happen to your schedule. For example, you might be planning a trip to the park, but can’t go, because it’s raining. Instead, you would opt for playing games with your kids at home, right?
It’s also important to teach your children that things will be okay, even when plans change.
It’s easy to fall back on expectations for your kids. However, you shouldn’t stop them from doing important things like helping you with chores or taking responsibility for things. So, be sure to talk to them ahead of time about any changes to chores, curfew, allowance, etc.
Sometimes, planning activities isn’t just something that parents can do. In other words, you don’t have to be the activity coordinator or problem-solver all the time. Instead, you can sit down with your kids, and ask them what activities they like doing. And while you’re at it, you can create a list of fun activities that you can do with the kids, and then plan for them.
Sometimes, kids can get emotionally drained, especially after social activities. Or, they might feel down from not having anything to do at home. Therefore, give them some time to recharge. You can set aside time for them to read, nap, or let them play by themselves.
Everybody can use a little help at times, especially other parents. And sometimes, you can’t always dish out money for a babysitter. So, what better way to look after the kids by either letting your family watch them occasionally, or watching their kids for a while. It’s a win-win, especially if your family is huge.
Best of all, you can arrange play dates with friends or family members. For example, if you’re long-time friends with someone who also has kids, then ask them if they want to do a play date.
Also, don’t be afraid to seek advice from other parents, especially those whom you are friends with. The wisdom that you’ll get from other parents is priceless.
Sometimes, we all need a break from life’s ups and downs; and it’s okay. It’s okay to get stressed out from having to plan things to do, or make sure that your kids are entertained during the summer.
First, take a moment to reflect on the situation. Then, take a deep breath and exhale. Then, reflect again on the situation, and see what you can do to make things easier. You may want to consider the fact that every moment with your kids is precious. Laugh every once in a while. Have fun.
And as always, don’t be hard on yourself. Remember to take the time to stop and breathe.
Summer may bring imbalance, when it comes to transitioning from school to vacation. However, it’s still good to have a routine, despite the changes in season. Keep it simple, stay on track, and reconnect with your kids, because like all seasons, summer will come and go before you know it.
Author Bio: Katrina Hatchett is a blogger at OriginWritings.com, and she has managed many business projects. As a writer, she enjoys identifying project problems and finding solutions for them. Her long-term goal is to improve the effectiveness of our communication.