My friend Rachel sent me a text this morning saying she's already the crabby mom and feels bad that she's not enjoying summer break. I suggested that she take a deep breath and pause for a second. It is TOTALLY appropriate to feel the panic when you have to keep your kiddos entertained during the summer months. Luckily, there are TONS of moms that have planned ahead with ways to keep a schedule so you do not get overwhelmed. I think it's most important to remember to not put too much pressure on ourselves as parents. I had LOTS of downtime as a child (both of my parents worked) and I figured out how to entertain myself...I think moments for that are a GOOD thing!
Sara from PowerofMoms.com has FABULOUS summer schedule ideas!
I keep it what I called organized loosey goosey at my house. We have some camp weeks mixed in this summer and we make sure to get out every day to do something physical. Insert baby pool and sandbox here! :) WE LOVE to try different science experiments and cooking something every day is a MUST. My 8 year old made mac & cheese yesterday and we both agreed it was THE best Kraft Mac & Cheese we have ever had. My girls each have to perform a chore daily AND they are writing a handwritten letter once a week, too.
Reading is another summer must at our house. There are TONS of reading programs to keep your kiddos motivated!
My girls are in LOVE with their Kidstir & Raddish Kids cooking kits. They send a box once a month packed full of recipes and food facts and new cooking tools. THE perfect gift for little ones that LOVE cooking.
How are you keeping the summer smiles going at your house?? :)