Updated: Nov 23, 2019
We all know that the start of summer is a time of great anticipation and lofty dreams of amazing family memories and adventure at every turn, but the reality is for most of us with kids who are home all summer, is it can be GOSH.DANG.HARD! Sibling spats, boredom, arguments, too much electronics time...things can turn sour very quickly!
I've been fighting the "summer slump" for 16 year now, so I've built up by arsenal of mama tricks and tips to help you not only survive the summer, but make it a memorable one filled with fun!
But first things first....you gotta get organized, girl! And I'm not talking about your house..those darn kids will mess it up this summer anyway. I'm talking about getting your schedule organized! Follow this simple 3 part plan, and you'll be on the road to summer success!!
1. Brainstorm and Create a Family Summer Fun Bucket List
Before you begin any summer planning, I would encourage you to set some time aside with your family to create a summer bucket list. In my blog post, "How to Keep Kids Busy All Summer Long with a Bucket List", I walk you through the process and share some helpful tools to set your summer off on the right foot by making a master list of fun ideas to keep your family busy and engaged!
2. Create a Weekly Schedule
Once you've created your Family Summer Bucket List, look at some of the dominant themes...is your kids' wish list focused on travel, or sports, or arts?? Using their interests and goals, create a theme for each day of the week. If you need some inspiration, I've created an idea list and a sample weekly schedule for you! I'm a bit of a cheesy, alliteration nerd, so mine all have a little of that going on, but feel free to customize your weekly schedule to fit